I recently started working with 3 year olds. This has been a new experience for me. Prior to this I was working with teenagers, teaching high school and middle school (the latter for a brief stint).
I’ve worked at the elementary school level and I worked at and ran a summer camp for kindergarten through 9th grade. My staff was made up of high school and college age kids. So when the opportunity to teach an age I have the credentials to teach but have never tried, came up I was excited for the new challenge. It has been a about two weeks and I can already tell you I am tired. Tired and happy. I have also made one important observation.
Kids know how to keep it real. We adults could learn a lesson or two from them.
1. When you want to end things with someone, just tell them.
“I just need you to give me my own space right now.”
2. When someone ends things with you, bow out with grace and dignity.
“Okay, I will play something else.”
3. Being clear about your feelings.
“Look I am not mad at you, you just don’t know things, but I am going to give you a chance.”
4. Know what other people like, and how to entice them to hang out with you.
“We should have a dance party. Maybe if we get the cars and a fish the boys will come too.”
I feel like I should tell you the ratio of boys to girls is 14:4.
5. Don’t be afraid to tell people how you feel.
“Aimee, I don’t really like you. Sorry.”
“Me and him are best friends.” “Yeah, I’m the husband.”
“I love you so much, will you be my teacher forever?”
“I am just so done with this. It is time for something else.”
6. Finally, don’t be ashamed to admit your shortcomings.
“Do you want to add a propellor to your airplane?” “No, I can’t. I am not a doctor.”
I am looking forward to finding out what other life lessons these little ones might teach me over the course of the year.