There's always the 'good' kids...the ones who are just so eager to learn, and to please, and follow every rule to.the.T. They get very annoyed and agitated with the 'others'.
The 'others' aren't necessarily bad kids... Some of them are easily distractable. With those kids, if you can capture their attention, they usually pleasantly comply...the probably just didn't even hear your voice the first ten times you articulated what was going on. They're the free-spirits. They 'just wanna have fun' (and no, they're not all girls).
Then there are the kids that actually have a rebellious streak... They hear you, and they purposely tune you out. You represent, to them, a challenge. They actually find it amusing to ignore you, or do the exact opposite of what you said, just to see how you'll react. The bigger the reaction, the bigger the payoff. These little buggers will suck you into conflict faster than you can blink an eye.
|Look at all those little personalities...and think what it will be like to be in a church or PTO meeting with them in 20 years!!|
Here's the funny thing... I've worked with all of these types of 'kids'...in adult bodies! I've led meetings, teams, and organizations...and today I was just pondering the irony of how similar it is...and was frankly amused picturing scenarios of the adults in I know sitting in little grade-school sized chairs and figuring they probably were a lot like they are now, as kids...
Oh, and don't think I've excluded myself from this scenario... I won't say which one I am, exactly...though, I will say, I'm probably one of the only people ever to have gotten yelled at by a Pampered Chef consultant for being too rambunctious during a home demonstration. Yep, no lie. She was pretty ticked.
Bottom line...we're all just a bunch of kids in bigger bodies. (Some of us, considerably bigger bodies...) So...which one are you?