Mother outraged after daycare note accuses 9-month-old of being ‘aggressive’

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A mother is outraged after a daycare center gave her a note accusing her 9-month-old baby of being “aggressive.”

According to Babble, a Disney-owned parenting Web site, the note said the baby was “playing roughly and aggressively with the other babies.”

The baby was apparently told, “[I]t’s not OK to hurt her friends,” but the girl was “smiling and going right back.”

The note also accused the 9-month-old of enjoying herself while other babies seemed upset.

Dr. Adelle Cadieux, a psychologist at a children’s hospital, told Babble, “Kids go through that stage where they just to see want cause and effect: ‘If I do this, this happens,’”

“They’re learning. They get excited about the learning aspect as opposed to recognizing, ‘Oh what I’m doing is wrong,’” she said.

The letter ends by asking the parents to “help us out by maybe discouraging her to not play roughly with her friends.”

Babble transcribed the whole note to read the following:

Samantha has been playing roughly and aggressively with the other babies; they will be crying and upset but she is smiling and enjoying herself — even our using firm voices to tell her it’s not OK to hurt her friends and remove her from area, she is smiling and going right back. Can you help us out by maybe discouraging her to not play roughly with her friends and her dog.

Thanks

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