Acceptable Behavior.

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Once a teacher, always a teacher.

When you teach, you get more than a paycheck.

You get special powers.I'll Give You Something to Cry About.

The most sacred of all of these powers is the ability to correct a child with a “look”.

Any child.

Any time.

Any where.

Restaurants, movie theaters, ballgames, and church are just a few of the places where this gift comes in handy.

If I have to explain this concept (or the “look”), you have never been alone in a classroom of 25+ students (please feel free to replace the word “students” with something more descriptive).

Having the gift also means you have the innate ability to judge others on their parenting skills (I’m not proud of this and I’m not saying it is right… I’m just saying it happens).

The other day I heard a parent say to their child “Your behavior is not acceptable!”

I wanted to say (although you will be proud of me for biting my tongue…) “His behavior is completely acceptable or else he wouldn’t do it.”

And that is teaching and parenting in a sentence.

Most kids do exactly what is expected of them.

Nothing more.

Nothing less.

Discipline is the gift that keeps on giving.

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9 Responses to “Acceptable Behavior.”

  1. Cyndi
    on May 17th, 2010
    @ 6:09 pm

    Sooo true! I know I shouldn’t do it in public, but I can’t help myself! If only teachers were in charge of the world!

  2. Frau M.
    on May 17th, 2010
    @ 6:12 pm

    Help the child who is on the receiving end of the look accompanied by a finger snap and teacher voice. The “triple threat” will stop most in their tracks.

  3. teach5
    on May 17th, 2010
    @ 7:18 pm

    I’ve noticed how every child generally learns to act one way at home (with their parents) and in an entirely different way at school (with their teacher). And usually that’s fine, parents often tolerate (or not) different things and behaviors than teachers.

    What is often hilarious, is when you get the parents together with the child and the teacher. With both sets of caregivers there, they often don’t have a clue HOW to act, frequently acting out in ways they wouldn’t do for either caregiver.

  4. Michelle Howell-Martin
    on May 18th, 2010
    @ 2:19 am

    It also works on an amazing amount of adults. Just thinking in advance of my afternoon trip to Wal Mart…

  5. AllanahK
    on May 18th, 2010
    @ 3:11 am

    I pride myself on being able to stop a miscreant child in their tracks at distance with a drop of the head and a scowl.

    I can make them laugh with a look and be quiet with a cough!

  6. Tina Francis
    on May 18th, 2010
    @ 5:43 am

    When I’m in a store and see children running around and misbehaving, I think to myself these are our future students.

  7. Sally
    on May 18th, 2010
    @ 6:00 am

    My boys, now grown, would be embarrassed by my “looks” to other kids when out and about. I always wished I had my whistle with me at the boys little league games. You can take the teacher out of the school but you can’t take the school out of the teacher, or the look!

  8. Christy
    on May 18th, 2010
    @ 6:50 pm

    I did this to a 4 ? year old at Target the other day, her mom had stepped around the corner and she picked up a toy off the shelf, looked at it, and threw it on the ground. Then she looked at me. I looked back at her, gave her the Look, and pointed at the toy, then the shelf. She looked at me for a second, then picked up the toy, put it on the shelf, and ran to her mom.

    I love the Look Of Death. Mwa ha ha ha ha!!!

  9. Teresa
    on May 19th, 2010
    @ 11:04 am

    Just found this blog and read through old entries.


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