DS is in kindergarten and he is the youngest child in his class having turned 5 a week after school started. Well his age I believe makes him very impressionable and a follower. He's had his days (way too many) of not listening and getting into trouble, I could never understand why he was behaving this way because he's a great kid usually. I then put together what the problem might be. There is another kid, we'll call him J, who is always in trouble, very disrespectful to the teacher, and just an all around trouble maker, lets just say I've met his parents and now know why he is the way he is. Well, I found out DS spends a lot of time having out with this kid, same class, a few months older. Apparent;y they are good friends. Well, on days this kid is out, DS does just fine. He listens, he does what he's suppose to. The teacher couldn't come out and say that this is a pattern, but that's pretty much what was "not" said lol. She also then told me she'll make it a point to keep him separated from those who influence him in a negative way. However, obviously she can't be right there constantly, she has 29 other kids to deal with.
Friday night, after one of his "bad days", I asked DS "who did you play with today", he tells me J. Thursday he had a great day, I asked him the same thing and he said B (a kid in his class who does really well.
So I am wondering is it a lot to ask a 5 year old to stay away from a kid and play with another because his friend doesn't make good choices and is in trouble too much?