Thursday, March 05, 2009

A second look at middle school

I am not sure if I have mentioned it but I work one day a week at a middle school. It is a special after school program. We (my brothers girl friend and I) teach ceramics. My brother and his girlfriend own a ceramics shop, so this was s job she acquired and needed some help with.

We usually have between 10 and 15 kids (and a few seniors from the senior center) and boy is it chaotic..."I need this color, I need a new brush, what do I do next?", all coming at you from all sides.

Coleen (brothers girlfriend) was sick today so I volunteered to do class by myself today...HAHA.

It wasn't so bad...doing all the work...but the kids are a different story.

These kids, these horrible kids. When I want to cry and go home to my kids, you know they are horrible, because I do enjoy the time away from my own kids, since it isn't very often (need a breather ya know).

So how many of you are married to the boy you were chasing when you were 13?
I thought so!

I really hope to pass on to my daughter the understanding that there is no reason to worry about boys when you are so young. Have fun, have friends, but seriously BACK OFF.
There haven;t been any conversations about sex that I have heard, and believe me they are not shy about what they talk about. But non stop banter about who is going out with who etc, etc.

And why is it the girls who need weight loss supplements, and proactive, have to put everyone and anyone down?? I have no problem with these girls that look like that but I am just saying, give it up.

I came home and begged Merci to never be like these girls. I held her (which is no easy task at her height and weight compared to mine) and I look at her deep in her eyes and begged her to not be like them.

These girls were wretched and boy oh boy was I ready to come home tonight.

But am also very glad I get to see what these kids are like so I can be sure to raise my daughter to NOT be like them. A chance to see what goes on out there is a good thing when I have a daughter who will be in this stage before I know it.


Wendy said...

I didn't know that! I can't stand middle school kids and I am not looking forward to Wesley being one:(

Mike and Amy said...

it's just such a tough time - not being secure in who you are and looking for approval from peers. mike is so good with his middle-schoolers. he knows when they need boundaries, tough love, joking around, or a break.

they are really just little kids under those exteriors...

Jason said...

I can't stand middle-school. Really 6th grade - 10th grade all sucks.

Gina Carlin said...

Wow, I completely understand, Donna. It's so hard for me to think about my kids at that age and the things they are going to be faced with. I guess, like you, I'm going to try, praying, praying praying with all my strength!
Prayers for you and your family!
love, Gina