Expectations and the First Day of School Counselor’s Corner by Sharon Scott, LPC LMFT
Expectations and the First Day of School
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT
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I frequently conduct workshops nationwide for school districts on managing peer pressure and other topics. To illustrate how tough it is to be a child, I have a cartoon in my PowerPoint presentation that humorously demonstrates that point. It shows a little girl who just got off the school bus entering her home after the very first day of school. She looks up at her mother with a pained expression and says, ‘I can’t read’ I can’t write’ and they won’t even let me talk.’
My audience of teachers always laugh and comment how true that is. Several years back while showing it once again to some educators in a south Texas school district, a first-grade teacher raised her hand and said that she could ‘top’ that cartoon with a true story that happened in her own class.
She said that the previous year her students had attended half-day kindergarten. Today was the first day of first grade and the students were excited. Lunchtime came and the teacher began giving the class instructions about how to walk quietly in a straight line to the cafeteria so that they could eat lunch together. She relayed that one six-year-old boy was not listening to her and began to pack his backpack in anticipation of going home.
Noticing this, the teacher said she repeated her instructions and told him, ‘You can leave your things at your desk because we’re going to the cafeteria now for lunch. Then we’ll come back to our class. First grade lasts all day.’
She said, the little boy looked up at her, put his hands on his hips, and said,
‘Who in the h%#@ signed me up for this program?’
Expectations can be everything!
P.S. I hope this brought a smile to your face as that’s the goal of this column. Please check out my other column, ‘The Counselor’s Corner’ for a continuation of my series on helping children manage negative peer pressure.
Copyright 2018, Sharon Scott. No reproduction without written permission from author.
The guide for parents/educators on how to peer-proof children and teens is Peer Pressure Reversal: An Adult Guide to Developing a Responsible Child, 2nd Ed.
Her popular book for teens, How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed., empowers kids to stand out,not just fit in!
A follow-up book for teens, When to Say Yes! And Make More Friends, shows adolescents how to select and meet quality friends and, in general, feel good for doing and being good.
Sharon also has a charming series of five books for elementary-age children each teaching an important living skill and "co-authored" with her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes the learning fun.Their book on managing elementary-age peer pressure is titled Too Smart for Trouble.
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