Should I Deal With Rude, Tactless, Messy, Dirty, Uneducated People?

They are egocentric, moody and childish.
Their enthusiasm overrides basic decorum in many circumstances.
They are generally incompetent, dependent and frequently demanding.

They are messy. They get dirty stuff all over themselves and don't care. They are more enthusiastic than careful . Their physical coordination usually needs more development.

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Relatively unconcerned about personal grooming, they are also unmindful about the direction of their sneezes.

They do not really understand about germs, bacteria and occasional parasites.

They readily and generously share those bits of biological life with everyone without consideration of anyone.

Their rudeness may be more more thoughtless than malicious, but they have not developed the sophistication needed for using ANY tactfulness. Polite behavior is beyond their comprehension.

Some of you, by now, may have guessed that I am talking about young children.

I was a kindergarten teacher's assistant for three years-- which probably made up for the fact that I did not attend kindergarten myself, as a five year old.

Mom said my first grade teacher was appalled to learn that I was new to school, but I did know my numbers and letters, plus a few other things. I guess you could say I was home-schooled by my mom and older sister. I got along OK.

One of the few things I remember about first grade, was that the teacher, one day, announced that we were going to plant a garden.

"Is is going t be a kindergarden", I asked innocently. She laughed a lot--- like I was telling a joke or something.

The truth was, I had heard the word "kindergarten" and knew it had something to do with school, but I had no idea of what it really was, since I had not attended.

Messy, noisy out of control...
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The phenomenon of "five-year-oldness".

When I worked with kindergartners, as a grown-up, I found out that these little humans will mindlessly step on your toes and put their grubby hands (that they have used to wipe their runny noses), on you and your clothes.

They will painfully peel back a gooey band-aid from their skinned knee and eagerly seek your appraisal of their latest roller skate injury.

For many of us, it is too early to see the benefits of old age-wisdom which comes so late in life that few of us attain it. Instead, we should try to understand the wise insight of young children.

We older humans have a socially acquired sophistication, a learned a social and cultural tolerance, a usual politically and socially correct way of expressing ourselves.

All of these learned conventions might not be what we really deep-down believe ... but the five year old is the model of natural tolerance which doesn't see skin color, race, religion, unusual names, culture, ethnic dress or other differences as being unusual.

Eager to Learn

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Kindergartners love to share things with you.

A half-eaten cookie, a dandelion bouquet, a piece of broken costume jewelry that mom has thrown away, and bubble gum half-chewed to perfection, is a loving gift.

It is a kind of kindergarten love that we sometimes feel insensitive enough to decline.

A five-year-old will bring you a hand-drawn picture of a house, and a tree, and a sun, and a butterfly. It may have a flower and a rainbow and a drawing of their own self, because they understand that those things are all of the MOST important things in the world.

They want to share them with you, so you will understand it, too.

The teacher I worked with, Mrs. Susdorf, was a very young person in her late 60's.

She was a former high school Phys. Ed. teacher and still played tennis regularly, so she was lean, active and very self-disiplined. She was consistent in her expectations, but also kind, compassionate and had a marvelous sense of humor.

She expected a lot of her young students and sometimes warned them that their naughty behavior "might make her grumpy".

I'm not sure they understood her expression, or what this "grumpiness" would look like, but they knew she was serious and they shaped up quickly.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Why would anyone work in Kindergarten?

These emergent people are seldom devious or sarcastic.

They will tell you that they love you in the same earnest and direct way that they tell you your hair looks funny today.

You will know that they are telling you the same honest truth in both cases.

They are egocentric, moody and childish. So why do some of us choose to associate with these obviously inferior people on a regular basis?


It is because that packaged with all these little shortcomings are a set of qualities that humanize us.

There is curiosity and enthusiasm, an innocent and playful sense of humor.

There is trust, honesty, insight ... and love.

And because when you have established a bond of acceptance between yourself and a child, Heaven is pleased.

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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Ah, Rochelle! This hub stole my heart, however at the start I did think you were talking about some adults I know.

I worked many years ago as a TA for children with disabilities, and they were wonderful in their innocence. I do miss it.

Thank you for such a lovely read.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, lorlie6. You comment so kindly on so many people's hubs-- puts most of us to shame.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Rochelle, I have a granddaughter approaching KG age. I couldn't agree with you more. Thanks for covering that ground and helping us to better understand it. WB


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Lucky you, Wayne! It's a great age.


Linda Myshrall 6 years ago

This is completely charming... maybe because it is so easy to recall those grubby hands and trusting little faces. I have to admit that I hesitated when I read the title, then my face broke out into a grin when I saw where you were going with this. Like I said, charming...


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks so much, Linda. It's amazing what we can overlook when they are that age.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

very nice rochelle, and so true. my career has been in early childhood education and I've learned more from working with 3-5 year olds than I ever could with adults. they are completely honest, unassuming, transparent, creative, much more intelligent than we think, funny, solution oriented, trusting, loving, know the true meaning of forgiveness... I think the only thing I didn't enjoy about working with them are the direct sneezes and coughs into our face and sometimes their parents! great hub, glad I found it on the hub feed.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

These are the years when you can really see the changes and the learning. Too bad they can't all grow out of the negative traits and retain the better ones. I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for your comment, rebekahELLE.


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RichardSpeaks 6 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

I constantly play peekaboo with young kids at the supermarket. Ninety-five percent of them play back. It always lifts my spirits and makes my day, no matter what else is going on. Thank the universe for kids. Love 'em!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

It lifts everyone's spirits. They always return a smile, too-- even if they have been fussing. Thanks for commenting, Richard.

(Saying that you have an interesting biography/profile would be a bit of understatement.)


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

I liked this hub. It describes the children exactly, but they also are not vindictive, this is all natural behaviour because they are new to the world and learning.

I am not saying all small children are angels but in most cases meanness is learned not inherent.

We were all that age once and they will all be old someday. We are all human beings.

I will read more of your hubs.


maria 6 years ago

Such a lovely piece of writing!

Your title certainly fooled me.

Maria


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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

What a nice way to begin a Sunday morning, with humor and wisdom combined in one single package. I love this hub and the way you write. Thanks so much for getting my day off to a nice start.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

I'm with Jen's Solitude. Lovely article. Young children are our future, but it's a shame more adults don't look to them to remind us of a few valualbe life lessons.

Thanks for a great start to a busy day


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, Hummingbird, Maria, Jen and Duchess for all popping in at once. I appreciate each comment and am glad you enjoyed it.


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mega1 6 years ago

Heaven is pleased - something I will never forget! At first, reading just the title, I thought you were talking about artists! I think all these little guys are just hippies, you know? all you need ia about a ton of patience and all the love in you to daily help them put on the polite mask society requires, and reassure them that there will always be safe havens where they can just be themselves, bright and beautiful! You brought back so many lovely memories for me of my own primitives!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I think maybe they are hippies, mega1. Some of them are artists as well. Finger painting can be so much fun!


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freelancewriterva 6 years ago

The condition that you describe may be early systems of bigger problems.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Whether they be systems or symptoms-- if they are problems they either outgrow them or they become bigger problems.

Perhaps I didn't read your comment correctly, or maybe you didn't get to the part which told whom I was talking about.


LPogue 6 years ago

When I started reading this, I didn't know where you were going with it. I think teachers of all ages, even adults, need to read this. It helps you remember why you teach in the first place.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

That was kind of the idea, LPogue. I'm not a very good ranter and have few complaints about anything in my life, so I thought I'd see how it felt. And yes, the rewards are invaluable-- especially if you have a strong immune system.


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trsmith 6 years ago from Rapid City, SD

I have a son in Kindergarden and he is just as you described and it's nice to know that another adult would realize that they are just learning and growing, not creepy little urchins that don't know anything. Great hub thank you.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, trsmith. It's a wonderful age, hope you are all enjoying it.


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keiranthapa 6 years ago from Darjeeling

brilliant hub!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks for reading, keiranthapa --just telling it like it is


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Beautiful Hub, Rochelle, I enjoyed every word you wrote it. Kids are very inspiring.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, Tatjana-Mihaela, they can teach us a lot.


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U Neek 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

This is such a heart-warming hub and makes me think of one of my friends who works with very young children. She absolutely loves it and would adopt some of the children who have unfortunate home lives, if she could. She has so much love to share and it is repaid to her many, many times over by these little ones. I admire you and her for your passion to work with these little unsophisicated people. At least they don't usually have hidden agendas!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

That must be at the heart of it, U Neek. For the most part they are pretty upfront about everything.

Thanks for your comment.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Rochelle - If you ever decide to live in a condominium, you might be forced to rewrite this hub with adults as the protagonists.

Thanks for a joyful read.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Some people don't outgrow their rude habits, while leaving their endearing ones behind. Don't need to associate with those, I hope.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

What a lovely Hub. Pat writes: Tricia worked for several years as a primary school teacher, but mostly with 7 or 8 year olds. She says she still misses the kids.

All the traits you mention though are most endearing, and sometimes return in old age (when they can be somewhat less endearing.)


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Betty Reid 6 years ago from Texas

You don't seem like a snob, so I was surprised to see your hub with this title. Very sweet hub, especially the garden joke.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Yes, the title was intentionally provocative, even though completely true. They wouldn't have been there if they hadn't been 'uneducated'. Thanks for commenting, Betty.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Rochelle, you've certainly done your time. MY BIGGEST pet peve is when I'm out in public and correct my kids, say for example someone may say "hi how are you" and my little shy dears ignore the greeting, I then prompt them to answer and the person will quickly say Oh no that's okay, NO it's not okay it is now the time to teach and shape basic respect for others. I feel you! Thanks and Peace :)


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Brendon Floyd 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK

Your hub made me smile!

When I first entered education I thought I would work in early childhood education but instead I went to the other end of the spectrum, high school. A few weeks ago I had a the chance to go to our local elementary school (for professional development)and spent some time in the local kindergarten and it was the scariest thing, I will take a room full of teenagers over kindergarteners any day. Tip of the hat to all who work with that age! But I do agree, their innocence can teach us a lot.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Katiem2: I have been in that position both as a parent and as a child. My thought is to consider the child's point of view, and talk about the situation later with the kid. I think this is the time to get them to understand the concept of respect.

It works differently with different kids. They don't always respond as we would wish in the moment. Asparents we might feel embarassed, but I'm sure the person who said it "was OK"-- was being kind in their response.

bfloyd I'm glad you understood the funny side of this. I taught in preschool through 6th. This is a huge time-leap in the development of children. I did do some extra curricular activities with older kids, which was fun but a lot different.

The thing that is the same about both is respect for the person, no matter how small or how tall...

I would not have the emotional energy to do High School for an extended time.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Rochelle thank you for the reminder. I have a kindergartener. She is all these things and more. This was really lovely and brought a smile to my face and heart.


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

Such a nice hub-I'm so glad I followed Tammy here!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, Tammy and itakins. Working with them was a special experience.


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inkerror 6 years ago from chennai

really kids are amazing......


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I agree, inkerror. Once you get to know them you can overlook their obvious faults.:)


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

lol..Oh my gosh! By the title I thought you were talking about most people I know!! Loved this hub!! Rated up!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I guess all of us share some of those traits some of the time. Thanks for the fanmail, theherbavorehippi.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

My favorite age Rochelle. I always tell my kids I was a really great Dad when they were five. Then they grow up and know everything, even my shortcomings. =:) Love your writing.


kims3003 6 years ago

I agree! Great article. Worded very nicely. =)


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raisingme 6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

What a Wonderful, Wonderful Hub, beautifully written. Thank you so much for writing it and sharing it!


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Raven1001 6 years ago from Washington

I love the "kinder-garden" story. It's strange how things like that can stick with you. When I was about 5 the woman babysitting me was talking to one of her sons about eating the crust on his bread. She told him " It will put hair hair on your chest" Imagine my horror. I refused to eat bread crust for years for fear I would wake up one moring with a hairy chest.


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pharmacist 6 years ago from Whitinsville, MA

Another gem Rochelle! Thanks for sharing. Having 4 children myself I appreciated EVERY word of it! Blessings!


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain

I loved this hub, I worked for about four years in what we called a Play School when my two were little. It was a fight to get your kids in to this Play School because more people wanted a place than the Play School could cope with. Working there my two got a place for free, very important when there was more month than money lol.

I loved every minute of it we didn't get paid in cash but we certainly got a lot more out than we put in.

Even thirty years later I still had young people come up to me in the street and ask me if I remembered them, so it seems it made an impact on them too. Thanks for the lovely trip back down memory lane.


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C.V.Rajan 6 years ago from Kerala, India

So true.


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Pcunix 6 years ago from SE MA

I am going to pass this on to a friend who us a retired teacher. He tells great stories of his time with the kids.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Whoops-- I must have fallen off the page with this one. I do appreciate all of your kind comments.


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donotfear 6 years ago from The Boondocks

Ha..I admit your title got me. I had to wonder who in the world you were referring to. Got my attention for sure! I gotta say one thing about Kindergarten teachers: you gotta be called to the work cause' it aint' easy! I remember working as a substitute teacher for several months. I spent more time wiping noses & sharpening pencils than teaching anything. Good article!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I worked as a Kgn. assistant for a few years and learned a lot from an excellent and organized teacher. That was a big help.

As long as you weren't wiping pencils and sharpening noses, you were doing ok. (I learned to keep a good small pencil sharpener in my pocket at all times. It saved a lot of time.)


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alexandriaruthk 6 years ago from US

wonderful, teachers are very patient, I mean to work with children who have their own little world, tough job, good hub,


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, I used to work for Kumon, an after school teaching job. and I loved it, the children were very well mannered and did exactly as they were meant to. so I thought, wow this is great, and in my innocence, after the job had finished, I applied for a pre school job! I was exhausted, covered with children and dirt, they sneezed on me, coughed on me, and one even wet himself on me. But they did give me a flower! Oh, and I didn't get the job, this was just the training day! it went to a young girl who obviously had more energy than me! thanks nell


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bladesofgrass 6 years ago from The Fields of Iowa

A very touching and truthful Hub. Children are priceless and spot on when it comes to honesty and unconditional love. Can't wait to read more. :)


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

@ alexandriaruthk, it helps to develop patience.

@ Nell Rose, I was younger when I did this, too. stamina helps.

@ bladesofgrass, they almost all start out that way. A quality worth keeping.

Thanks for all the nice comments.


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

Rochelle Frank. Hi. I love the way you have described these little guys, That we love unconditionally no matter what they have done, or how they do it.

They are ours to keep, teach and love, and hopefully grow in to wonderful adults one day.

Every word you have written is exactly as it is, and the journey we take with our children and others is priceless.

From beginning to end I could not wipe the smile off my face. These little guys do have a special way of doing things and expressing themselves.

Being a Kindergarten Teacher/Assistant as you were, to my mind takes a very caring and special person.

I loved this story. Thank you for sharing it. (still smiling). :) :)


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you for your lovely comment. I sometimes think God starts us out as children, so that we will be loved early on, despite our failings.


Gracie Sophia 6 years ago

Yes, kids are messy and sooooooooooooooo creative. I enjoyed reading your words!


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

hahahaha, good one!


ralwus 6 years ago

I have not been around you much and now am really glad that I decided to visit. I love the little brats, and for the most part they are more honest than any teens or adult and so much fun. I get plenty of inspiration form them. I too started school in the first grade. We never had kindergarten back then in that Holler. Great hub, awesome.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, ralwus. I guess skipping Kindergarten didn't hurt either of us too much.


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lucieanne 6 years ago from Boston United Kingdom

Hi Rochelle - what a lovely hub. Thank you for this. Children of this age are refreshingly honest and they certainly let you know whare you stand with them. I didn't go to kindergarten (here in the UK it's nursery school) I don't think they were around in my school days.

I went to a 'Church of England Endowed' school which was absolutely horrible. The teacher was a dragon and I hated her. I even had her on my dinner table and she made me eat the most disgusting slop which literally made me sick. I was so happy when I moved to a different area and went to another school. I'm glad there were no teachers like her when my own kids were at school.

Thanks again for your hub - I'll be reading all your work now. Regards.

Lucie


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, Lucie. There's always some talk about starting school at age four. They do learn a lot at these early ages, and many parents send their children to pre-school. I personally think it should be a time when parents are doing their own teaching and interaction.

I appreciate your comments.


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lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Ahah! I see what you did therr! You started talking about my cousin Joe, and then you made a left turn at analogy and kids. :D

Great stuff!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks,Ixxy. i wonder what Cousin Joe was like at that age.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Anyone working with children should read this hub. It is great. I did wonder who at first you were directing this towards and began laughing when I saw. Everything you said is so true. Thanks for the hub.


MaryRenee 6 years ago

Rochelle: What a great hub! Brings back memories from my time working in a day care. Anyone who loves kids should read this hub. Fantastic, Bravo! :)


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks so much, MaryRenee and KKGals. Everyone who has been through the experience understands what I'm saying.


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aquaticmoves 6 years ago from Bayside

I loved your hub Rochelle. You have such a way with words that isn't hard to tell that you are a writer. I agree with MaryRenee, kid-lovers should read your hub:)


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you for your kind comments, aquaticmoves, and welcome to HubPages.


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seanorjohn 6 years ago

Great hub. I have 3 children and the time I spent with them I loved the most was 3-5.All three of them have such different personalities.This hub must be getting a load of traffic.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks seanorjohn. (I used to think your name was Spanish, like: Senor John, but I read your explanation.) I just checked my stats on this and the views are overwhelmingly Hubbers-- but then it hasn't been up too long, maybe more outside traffic will come later.

The key words aren't that great because most people are wanting to know how to deal with uneducated, tactless and messy people. I'm sure this result is not exactly what most had in mind.

It does have a bunch of comments, which I appreciate. Glad you liked it, too.


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

I thought you were talking about teen-agers LOL


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Somehow those traits don't seem so charming at that age. Hopefully, they do grow out of them. Thanks,alekhouse


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rgarnett 6 years ago from KC, MO

You have captured the innocence of children very nicely! Well done. I enjoyed this hub very much. :)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Rochelle this hub brought tears to my eyes I have a 4 and 6 year old both boys and they energize me and fill my heart so. I know I will miss all those rude, tactless, messy and dirty traits one day :)


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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

I've got a 36 year old, and you've just described him. Except for the bit where he should say he loves me, instead of asking for money. Nice one Rochelle.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you rgarnett, billyaustindillon and amillar. Looks like I am falling down on the replies, but I do appreciate all of your comments.


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Ben Evans 6 years ago

We have to look beyond face to see the heart. This was well written and tells the story many of us don't see.......Most see the unruly, rude kids but they are after all little people that have not learned to be unkind yet.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Yes, Ben Evans. It is something of a shame that innocence is usually replaced by a thin veneer of manners, cleanliness and conformity.


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RNMSN 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

Ben Evans hit it on the head eh? they are so honest and true/ I wish we could all stay that way...wonderful article/ Rochelle, thank you for re-opening my eyes about the wonder of children! barbara b


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Yes, RNMSN, somehow most of us seem to grow out of total honesty which seems to be natural born. We have to learn tact and political correctness. I really appreciate all the comments.


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

I just had to find out for myself how you knew that Potato Head was the answer. I just found out. Rochelle, I could not agree with you more, as a grandfather of 12, I often wonder how all that honesty and innocence as a child becomes lost as they grow older. Rochelle, I so enjoyed this hub and look forward to reading more of your hubs. God Bless!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

My first guess was going to be Tinkertoy-- but that was doing well before TV advertising.

Thankd for reading.


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MayG 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Rochelle, this was a beautiful hub. I have a daughter in Prep, which is what you call kindergarten in the US I think, and a son in Grade 2 and one of my favourite things is getting to help out in their classrooms. The kids are so eager to share and to inform, and their sense of wonder and pleasure in tiny things, like a texta that no one else has used, is humbling for a cynical adult to see. Having my own children is like re-discovering the wonders of the world all over again. Having children and getting see them grow is such a privilege. I am going to be so sad when they lose that precious innocence. I'll never forget my son, when he was three calmly saying in a room full of adults. 'I just did a burp. It was a hot burp. It tasted like banana.' Such a vivid, entirely unselfconscious observation. Thanks for this hub. Makes me want to go pick up my kids from school right now.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I think you must be a great Mom (Mum)if you can see things through their eyes. Helping out at school is a great way to keep involved.


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wannabwestern 6 years ago from The Land of Tractors

I was hooked by your title: thought you were talking about my relatives. Children are all these things and more!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, wannabwestern. I was probably talking about all of our relatives.


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Juiceyme 6 years ago

Enjoyed this very much, I love the way you described these little people. LOL... I have a 5 year old gran daughter that fits this hub. hahaha


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, Juicyme. Isn't it interesting how many of them do fit the profile?


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FirstStepsFitness 6 years ago

Very light hearted Hub Rochelle Frank ! With my first child I signed up for Parent Participation Pre-school ! What an experience :) Refreshing to read , for my "child" is now 23 ! My how the years flew by Thank you for the reminders :)


MarianG 6 years ago

I'm a preschool teacher so I could relate to this Hub well!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks for relating, MarianG. I must have gotten some of it right, then.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Ooops, almost missed you, FirstStepsFitness. Helping out in the the school is a good way to get aquainted with what goes on there, and it helps the little ones feel comfortable, too. Thanks for your comment.


loriamoore 6 years ago

Until I read it and realized that you were talking about kindergarteners, I thought you were talking about my mom!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

The characteristics can appear at any age, but the younger ones are easier to forgive. Thanks for commenting, loriamoore.


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mega1 6 years ago

Their bright, eager eyes! Their joyful shouts! Their loud whispers that make you giggle! Their giggles! The way they climb in your lap or grab your hand or tug at you! The way they mispronounce and use words in funny ways! The way they LOVE! Oh, how can I go through another day without a grandchild around? or stuck out here in the country with an old man and the birds, how can I remember their childish glee without that yearning feeling I get? Oh, I'm crying now. and laughing at some of the things I'm remembering! Thanks Rochelle - I'm an emotional wreck, thanks to you. just kidding hey, what happened to the pics?


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks Mega!

What pics? You mean the ones I tried to post in the forum? I'm still stuck in the dumb zone. One day the light may go on.


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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Oh, all the while I thought you were talking about some immature grown ups like some people I know! Well that is a different story.

It is true that some child can really put us adults into serious challenges. As a parent, I always feel scared I might not be able to raise my daughter as a fine individual what with all the other elements surrounding her. Despite my fear and although at times I shout at her because I feel annoyed with her antics, I still try my best to understand her and teach her whatever good my own parents have taught me. Kids can be annoying sometimes but in general they are lovable and God's greatest gift to us parents and grown ups. In fact they teach us compassion, humility and kindness which we tend to forget as we mature.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

Funny and lovely (and kind of gross too). Now that I think about it, this hub had everything. Enjoyable read!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, PaperNotes and Cristoph Reilly. They make our lives worthwhile, don't they?


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

I was a bit reluctant to read at first. I thought it was not nice of your good image to blurt out your brush with an uneducated adult, so unbecoming of you. Good Lord, I was taken for a ride- you did it again, Rochelle. When will I even learn about you and your uneventful strategies that click all the time? Enjoyed my own frailty. In fairness, kids are obnoxious at times. They are irresistibly trying.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

No, Lita. I'm more of a ponderer than a blurter-- and, yes, I'd say your assesment of them is correct.


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jrsearam 6 years ago from San Juan, PR

Great title, a real curve ball. As a father of three and a volunteer camp counselor I easily empathize with your condition. Twenty five years ago I could not have imagined the satisfaction that dealing with obnoxious, dirty and ill mannered individuals, has provided me. I really enjoyed your thoughts on the subject...many blessings to you, JR


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, jrsearam. I guess it's something we all have to get through. Thankfully, most of us do.


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wilderness 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

A wonderful hub and I certainly thank you for it.

I have two grandchildren (1 and 3 years) and had forgotten until they appeared in my world just how wonderful children are, and how much they can teach and love. In spite of grubby hands!

Thanks again.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks, wilderness. That reminds me of the quote, " You know there is someone under five living in the house when you have to wash the bar of soap before you use it."


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

Nice reflections on the honesty and frankness of children. That's what makes them wonderful. Thanks for reading my Hub RJ


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

I appreciate your comments, Reynold Jay. You must have lots of stories to tell. Looking forward to reading yours, too.


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

Rochelle, this is amazing! I find it so heartwarming that someone can see the beauty and potential wisdom in children even through the snot, the grouchies, the rudeness, the messiness. I loved it. Thanks for this!


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks a lot, Motown2Chitown. I feel like I know you from somewhere.


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ErinElise 5 years ago from Near Sacramento, California

What a great hub! I love it. Too cute.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, ErinElise. You must know some of them, too.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

A lovely hub indeed. I like your last quote, "And because when you have established a bond of acceptance between yourself and a child, Heaven is pleased."

I love the bonding with a child. Whether I watch a kid playing or play along with them, he/she will make my day.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, Ingenira. I think it is important not to forget the children we once were. Play is important.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Rochelle, I agree! This age is amazing. I remember well my nieces at this age, and they are loads of fun. I loved this hub: it touched my heart. Take care!


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks a lot, prairieprincess, and congratulations on all your success in Hubnuggets.


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howcurecancer 5 years ago

Such a useful hub!


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks for commenting!


eagle23edc 5 years ago

Um counslers duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Not sure I understand your comment, but I suspect you only read the title.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

My kids are presently 9,6 & 2 years old, so I know exactly what you are talking about. It is just now starting, but my 9yo is starting to lose his innocence. It is sad, in a way, but it is a part of life.

Clever guise, the title you picked for this hub.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thanks for reading, Phil. Those years seem to pass very quickly.


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HikeGuy 5 years ago from Northern California Coast

Such a heart-warming work. What a world this would be if all children had the care and attention of people like you and the teacher you described. Thanks for lightening up my day.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you so much, HikeGuy, for your kind comment. There are many teachers who care a lot about their students. I think they are in the majority, even though they are under great pressure to do more in ever more difficult circumstances. Teaching has to come from your heart.


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Great hub about those innocent little tikes. Thumbs up, Rochelle. I love teachers. Witty and interesting piece. Do it again!


leann2800 4 years ago

I just love that last line. Great hub.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you, BOTH, ytsenoth and leann2800.

I enjoyed writing it because it brought back some great memories.


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Xenonlit 4 years ago

I am their eternal love slave! Isn't there a rehab for that?


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CMCastro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

What a wonderful hub you have written! I remember my 5th year well, but I was already in 1st grade (the teacher thought I was ready early). I especially enjoy both of my children during their kindergarten experiences. Thanks for sharing.


Jim Appleby Sr 4 years ago

I'm sure that this period of my time 65 years ago resounds in the mind of my Kindergarten teacher at Clara Barton Elementary School. I am in awe of her patience and of my memory of that wonderful time. Thank you, Rochelle.


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country Author

Thank you for sharing your stories and making comments. I can tell that you all have similar feelings about them.


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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

This was a surprise, thought you were talking about adults at first, thinking about my own hub about annoying people. But you are so right. They are so loveable even though they can be little stinkers. But if not honed and trained, might they grow up to be ego-driven adults? Lol, thanks for this hub, voted up and funny.


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Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country Author

That's what I was hoping people would think, at first. Most of us are lucky enough to get some early guidance, some have to learn the hard way and a few never quite catch on. Thanks for your comments, janshares.

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