"Yeah! Isn't she like that with you at home?"
"Sometimes, but not this week! She yells a lot, barks orders, gets impatient when I need her to wait. Even on the ride here there was a lot of fighting."
"Well, she's been great the whole time she's been with us."
Sounds familiar, right?? While the above conversation seems something familiar between parent and teacher, I actually picture it as a conversation between my son and his classmate and I am the subject in question. The conversation is merely a product of my imagination, but I know it is a true testimony, and it makes me sad.
I have been having behavioral issues with my son at home, and as I pondered why he acts differently for others it hit me: I am not the same either. I am not as "good" at home. I am not quick to listen, or as available, or hardly ever as smiley at home. Maybe his behavior is learned - act wild at home, act civil out.