Why I Love Working with Kids

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school. - Robert Fulghum

I spend large chunks of my day attempting to get 10 and 11-year-old boys to run faster or engage in complex (and often dangerous) gymnastics skills. I have also spent more time than I like to admit as a campĀ counselorĀ of similarly-aged boys, teaching them how to ride large (and often dangerous) horses or navigate beautiful (and often dangerous) lake country. I do not really consider myself the kind of person that does well with kids, but seeing as I've not yet lost or seriously injured a child, I suppose I must have more skill than I credit myself with.

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Herding Cats

Because so much of what I do involves teaching kids how to do dangerous things safely, or to do things they would not otherwise be inclined to do, I've learned a few things about how to motivate them (though certainly not as much as I'd like).

Lessons Learned

Some lessons on life I've learned from coaching kids:

In the end, I think most people are still kids at heart. We cover up our childlike nature with propriety and grace, but every now and then we act like children, especially when our passions come up. It helps to realize that some people are still children both inside and out, and that life is pretty fun and crazy when you let your inner child run around.

What lessons have you learned from the children in your life? Or are you freaked out by little kids?

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