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January 13, 2009



Ooh, that's tough.

Although, not to be annoying, this is probably good practice for being a teacher. It's just so hard to be their friend AND enforce discipline.

My aunt collapsed helplessly into giggles the first time she had to discipline a child as a second grade teacher.

I miss relating to kids. It's so so natural to me. (Which is weird, because I've always been "old" for my age. Like, too mature, even.)


I used to struggle with that a lot when I was a substitute teacher. I wanted to be "cool" and nice, but the kids eventually just walk all over you. I really had to learn how to draw the line and not need everyone to like me!


Nothing like a good old fashioned beating to keep those little ones in line!


Welcome to being a parent. ;)


Sounds like it's also great prep for being a parent :) I can somewhat relate in that I feel like a lot of my job is making sure others do their job and don't slack off. Granted, it's not the same as making sure kids don't beat each other up, but it's that same "hard ass" kind of role. It sounds like what you're doing is working, though, and that is something to be proud of!

Fraulein N

Aww. On a positive note, it sounds like you really know what you're doing if you can see changes for the better in only three months.

A Super Girl

3 Months? Seriously? No shit about the passage of time. Seems just yesterday you were struggling with whether to take the job!

You're right though, this is good training. And the fact that things are getting better all around has to be a testament to your ability to do your job well!

Old Warrior

Something sounds familiar in this tale of gaining discipline and control. Remember the Miss Manners rules for raising excruciatingly perfect children:

1. Set a good example
2. Constant nagging

Time consuming and sometime frustrating but apparently it works. You turned out "excruciatingly perfect."


Aww . . . I know how you feel. Before I married D, I was the fun mom-to-be. Once we got married and I actually had to BE a mom, things got infinitely harder at a break-neck speed. It's not so different here, except that you probably don't LOVE love your kids. Which makes it harder. I feel for you.

On the upside, you're doing both the kids and the parents, not to mention future society, a GREAT service by providing boundaries and enforcing them. For that, I'm eternally grateful.

La Petite Chic

Aww, hon, it sounds like a tough situation and it must be even harder since you were the one the kids had fun with at your old site. Just try to remember that the parents probably appreciate you so much because you are keeping their kids safe and disciplined!


I guess this is good practice for when you're a parent. Or better, a warning.

I've been watching "it's me or the dog" and it's great to show me what could happen if I don't stay firm with the discipline.

I guess you could use the same concept, eh?

Sorry I haven't been around for a while. Between the face trauma and the puppy, well...

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