Kids tend to leave out important information at the most inconvenient times. If you’ve ever been around kids, or had kids of your own, you know they will wait until the very last minute to tell you thinks that would have been great to know before you started whatever it was you were doing. For example; you finally get everyone buckled into the car when someone inevitably says, “I have to go potty!” The reason they didn’t tell you? “You didn’t ask me, you asked them.” They say, pointing at their siblings. Sigh.
Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his boots? He asked for help and she could see why. They were a bit too tight, but it was freezing outside, and he couldn’t go home without shoes on his feet. They worked together to get them on. With her pulling and him pushing, they were finally able to get the shoes snugly onto his feet. When the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat.
She almost whimpered when he said, “Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.” She looked down and sure enough, they were. He had already started putting his shoes on and she hadn’t double-checked. It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on.
She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.
He then announced, “These aren’t my boots.”
She bit her tongue. Rather than get right in his face and scream, “Jason, why didn’t you say so?” like she wanted to.
Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.
He then said, “They’re my brothers boots, my mom made me wear them today.”
She didn’t know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. She said, “Now, where are your mittens?”
He looked down at his feet and said, “I stuffed them in the toes of my boots…”
Her trial starts next week.
Alright, so maybe the trial is a stretch, but I can definitely relate to this feeling! Teaching kids to volunteer helpful information is a tough stage – some kids obviously have it worse than others! Have you found yourself in a position like this before? Too funny! Frustrating, of course, but funny!
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