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

Updated on December 16, 2017
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Rochelle worked for 20 years in elementary schools as a sub teacher, eventually presenting teacher training workshops in Orange County, CA.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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      Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 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 5 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Jim Appleby Sr 5 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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      Christina M. Castro 5 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.

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      Xenonlit 5 years ago

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

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thank you, BOTH, ytsenoth and leann2800.

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

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      leann2800 5 years ago

      I just love that last line. Great hub.

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      Cathy 5 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!

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      Bryce 6 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 6 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Phil Plasma 6 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 6 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      eagle23edc 6 years ago

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

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks for commenting!

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 6 years ago

      Such an useful hub!

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 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 6 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Ingenira 6 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 6 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Erin 6 years ago from Near Sacramento, California

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

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Motown2Chitown 6 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 6 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Reynold Jay 6 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 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      Dan Harmon 6 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      jrsearam 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Christoph Reilly 7 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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      PaperNotes 7 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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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      mega1 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      loriamoore 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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.

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      MarianG 7 years ago

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

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      FirstStepsFitness 7 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 :)

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Juiceyme 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Carolyn Augustine 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      May Galnou 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

      Thankd for reading.

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      CYBERSUPE 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      Barbara Bethard 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      Ben Evans 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      amillar 7 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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      billyaustindillon 7 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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      Rachael Fields 7 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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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      I thought you were talking about teen-agers LOL

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      seanorjohn 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      aquaticmoves 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      MaryRenee 7 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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      Susan Haze 7 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.

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      lxxy 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      lucieanne 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      ralwus 7 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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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      hahahaha, good one!

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      Gracie Sophia 7 years ago

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

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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.

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      oliversmum 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      @ 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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      bladesofgrass 7 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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      Nell Rose 7 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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      alexandriaruthk 7 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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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      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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      donotfear 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      Tony Lawrence 7 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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      Disillusioned 7 years ago from Kerala, India

      So true.

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      maggs224 7 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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      Jason Poquette 7 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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      Raven1001 7 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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      raisingme 7 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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      kims3003 7 years ago

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

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      Winsome 7 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.

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      theherbivorehippi 7 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 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      inkerror 7 years ago from chennai

      really kids are amazing......

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

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

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      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

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