Monday, March 15, 2010

Things that make you go "awwww"


That's exactly what my heart said today.

Let me back up a minute.

Last week I started my new life, remember? Went from the glamorous-ish corporate life to dealing with dirty, screaming, whining, hyper, snotty-nosed kids.

Don't get me wrong. I love kids.

But some of the kids I deal with at my after school program are a bit "rough". I was told four different times last week, "You're not my mom, you can't tell me what to do". I was also told "No" about 80 times when I told the kids to do something.

Needless to was a bit stressful.

I kept telling myself, "Ok, you've given huge presentations to over a hundred people and the CEO of a company, you've dealt with a boss who gave you insomnia, and you've sure as heck been thrown into many situations where you had to think quick on your feet."

Never could I ever have been prepared for this.

But, I'm learning.

It's week number two and I'd say the kids are already respecting me more, and my supervisor said the kids are "responding quite nicely" to me. My supervisor also told me that he wanted to run as far away as possible after his first day on the job.

So, I'm already ahead - haven't run away yet.

Now, for the "aww" part.

So today, I walked into the classroom and TWO of my "problem children"ran up and gave me HUGE hugs. I mean talk about confusion. Last week they were back-talking and wouldn't listen to a word I said. This week, they're hugging me so tight I can barely breathe.

I must say, of course I was a bit taken back, but I was so flattered. And of course my heart completely melted.



Oh, and speaking of hugs and being a sucker for them, does anyone remember this video from a couple of years ago?

I still love it and it gets me every single time!


Rachel said...

1. We have the same fave GSC. I ate 4 boxes already.
2. You clearly are not with middle school kids. I don't get many hugs. Glad you are hanging in there!

Justine said...

I have worked with kids over the past 8 years. I started working in an afterschool program and now i am a teacher. I use to teach Kindergarten this year they moved me to 5th grade. I know all about them hating you one minute and loving you the next.

My best piece of advise is stay firm and strong they will all love you in the end! :)

Erin said...

Gotta love how kids test you! Just stay consistent and you'll be fine...when you see that you're respecting them, they'll generally respect you!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Yay, glad you are surviving!

Shoshanah said...

The college I went to actually started a hug club. A few times a year (normally during exams) they would hug people on their way to class. Your post just reminded me of this and I figured you'd probably appreciate it

LauraAnn said...

Gotta love kids! But seriously, when I read your post I found myself saying 'Awe!' hehe

I am glad that things are going better this week. Hang in there! :-)

Lastly, I LOVE hugs! But they have to be good, strong limp noodle hugs. lol

AUDREY said...

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Lucky in Love said...

I'm sure your new choice in careers will be stressful sometimes....but look at your already seeing the rewards in the second week!! So happy for you :)

Sherrie said...

Love the video clip! TFS.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I remember that clip! That's great that things have already started getting better with the kids! way to not run away!!