I Simultaneously Disciplined My Close Friends’ Children
I was asked to take over one of the classes at children’s church. This was because there was a lack of teachers. I thought it was one of those normal classes. However, little did I know that I was about to simultaneously discipline all my close friends’ children.
How It Happened
It was the day that a few of my close friends decided to send their children to class. That’s normally not an issue. However, my friends’ children were rather young.
As soon as the class started, my friends’ children started running around the class. It was a good thing that I had help. After assigning my assistants with some tasks to give the other children, I took the children out of the class.
In all honesty, I do not blame them for acting the way they do. If I had the choice, I would have left them to just play. However, leaving them to run around disrupting the class would have caused the other children to do the same.
Thus, I placed them in a time out corner, which did not work. They started wriggling and enabling each other to do crazy things. I then separated them which led to long cries and fuss.
Dealing With The Parents
After class was over, the bigger challenge came. I had to start now face the parents. In other words, I now had to explain to my friends why I made their children cry.
They were really understanding about the whole thing which was great. The parents were all happy to sit down and speak about how we could help the child better adapt to the class.
This, however, got me wondering what would have happened if the parents were less than understanding. Heck, I may even lose a friend or two. This is also not uncommon. I have heard of some of the parents making a rather big fuss when their children are disciplined.
That being said, I think most teachers do find the entire process of disciplining tedious and problematic. However, it is necessary as it prepares the children for their later school years.
This is especially easier when the children were younger. There is a Malay proverb “Melentur buluh biarlah dari rebungnya”. Which means to bend a bamboo, you should start doing so when it is a bamboo shoot.
All in all, I am glad that the parents were alright and as much as it was awkward disciplining my friends’ children, I would be doing them a disservice if I were to leave them to do what they please.