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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Lessons Learned in Yard Duty

1. When a child hands you a package to open, turn it over first, or risk their spit on your hands (hey, they tried to open it).

2. It only takes one catty first-grader to upset an entire crowd of girls.

3. One ball will easily keep 25 boys occupied.

4. Mean girls start young.

5. When something falls on the ground, you can't say, "God made dirt. Dirt don't hurt." in a public school.

6. When you think your kid is strange, you soon find out, so is everyone else's.

7. Foreign-born mothers make their children better lunches. And their kids treat these gorgeous meals, which make me salivate, with as much respect as our pathetic PB&J's.

8. Teachers do NOT get paid enough. One hour per week is enough for me.

9. The supply of bullies and tattletales is infinite.

10. Seeing my daughter skip along the playground is worth every second.
"Split Ends" Available Now
"The Trophy Wives Club" Avon Inspire -- Fall 2007
posted at 9:24 PM  
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At 10:00 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I agree with #4 they do start young. Very sad. Even at Christian school which even though it is still there isn't nearly as bad as public schools. I can't imagine what kids go through on a daily basis anymore.

At 11:48 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

I survived thirty years of teaching! Twenty of those in middle school. Amazing how many bullies and sassy girls I saw.

At 2:22 AM, Blogger Kayla said...


Pssst, btw, I re-read Split Ends today and I FINALLY got what God was trying to say to me through the book. Hey, it's not that strange...Jesus used parables! Um, kinda on a different level from chick lit, but whatever. Check your myspace in the next couple of days...I'm going to blog about it and I'll give you the link. :)

At 4:39 AM, Blogger mazzucasinswaziland said...

They only spit on one end of your packages? I'm jealous!

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

The picture is soooo cute!

Great and very true lessons. :)


At 1:03 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Speaking of public schools, did y'all read about the lovely messages handed down to high school kids in Boulder, CO last week? Kind of hard to fight the weirdness when it comes from the administration...

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Eileen, I bow before you! LOL Kayla, I'm anxious to hear how God spoke to you through chick lit. Believe it or not, I hear from a lot of folks that way. God can use anything, I tell you!

I haven't heard about Colorado, I'll have to look it up! Swazi, I'm curious do you have big bugs there?

At 4:12 PM, Blogger SaraBeth said...

I just want to say, covet these next few years. I'm not a mom, just a teenager, but thinking back on my elementary years, I have such great memories with my mom and my brothers and my dad. And it made junior high so much easier having that foundation with my mom! There is nothing like having a mom to talk to when you feel all alone around people your own age. Now that I'm in high school, I really value that. I'm starting to be a harsher critic where my mom is concerned now - I'm definitely not the perfect daughter - but having her having been there as a friend through junior high and even elementary school has preserved our relationship through those criticisms. Wow - did not mean to get all sentimental and don't-let-go-ish and mushy, but yeah. Enjoy it!

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Sarabeth, you're right where you should be. Everyone thinks their mom a bit of an idiot in high school. It's a rite of passage. I think as we grow up we learn more and more how people cope with what they've been dealt and we learn to respect them for how they handled it. That's been my experience. I'm so glad you have your mom close to you!! Blessings.

At 11:55 PM, Blogger WordVixen said...

Kristin- I think I found it:

Julie peaked my interest as well. If that's not what she's talking about, it's still... ahem... interesting?

At 1:13 AM, Blogger Heather said...

ROFL about the dirt comment . . .I'll have to remember that one.

As far as mean girls. Oh, I never knew it got bad so early. I used to run a Church preschool and we actually had to do assigned seats at lunch (boy-girl-boy-girl) because a few of the girls were so mean to the other girls not in their "clique"! The high school girls that I taught (tehehe, I've done high school, preschool and college. . . you can actually kinda see the similiarites in those ages!) were nothing compared to those 4 year olds!

At 9:54 AM, Blogger laurelaggie said...

I love it! I helped at Field Day last week at my kids' school last week and I came to the same conclusions. Its sad that you can tell who the mean girls are in kindergarten! I also worked with the 5th graders and I told their teachers that they had to be special people to work with that age group. It was horrible. The girls wouldn't divide up into teams because of the cliques. I told my 4th grader if she acted like that in 5th grade she wouldn't make it to 6th grade. :)

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Sorry I left you hanging! Yes, wordvixen found the situation I was talking about. Telling H.S. students to go ahead and have sex and do drugs because they're going to do it anyway. Criminal!

Okay, so re-looking at your post, this was off topic, but I guess #5 sparked my recollection of it. It's not okay to say God, but okay for school officials to condone speakers who tell students to do harmful and illegal acts. (I'm a little fired up...)

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

There's no such thing as off-topic here. We live for off-topic! LOL


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