|Kids and their energy and noise||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2008 18:44:51 -0800 (PST)|
One of my students mothers described her son as, noise with dirt on it. I had to laugh. I deal with kids all day as a teacher and I am lucky enough to be in a program that works outdoors. Most Kids often spend their day cooped up being told to sit still, be quiet, read this, stop that..... To the point they want to explode. Kids, especially boys, are active and noisy and often want to be physically challenged. In my experience, and also in my learning going through teacher training, active and doing things is the norm for kids. So it should be no surprise that kids come to dinner, eat for 5 minutes, then want to play, jump, run, dance, wrestle, etc. For most of them, this active state is denied most of their day. During the summer of course, at least in our neighborhood, the kids run around outside until too dark to see. But in the short cold wet days of winter they are indoors more, and this puts their activity and noise into conflict with adults who want quiet conversations around the dinner table. It's a negotiated settlement at best, we send them off to children's rooms, or pacify them with video screens of various sorts. I recall one cohousing group who divided up dinner into two parts, an early dinner for families tolerant of kids, (loud dinner) and a later dinner for people who wanted quiet time. Some families even split with one parent taking one shift one day, then switching shifts the other. Dinners ran from 5:30-7:30. By the end of my day I am usually pretty tired from kids energy thus I would choose the latter option most the time were such options offered at our community meals. But they are not, and I tolerate the kids energy and noise because that is who they are, its who they are supposed to be, and who am I to deny them their natural and normal expression. Rob Sandelin The Environmental Science School Monroe, WA Sharingwood Cohousing
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