I visited my son’s kindergarten class recently.
When I walked in the room of crayon-drawings and pint-sized desks, I was so happy to be away from my reality of ‘work’ and in this utopia of innocence and wonder. Or so I thought -until I started listening and observing the children and their interactions. It was AWKWARD! I can see why a kindergartner would want a tall glass of milk with cookies when he gets home. The emotional stress is similar to being in corporate America! There’s …
1. Rejection. It’s a sandwich deal in the workplace…
B.S.+ REJECTION+political correctness
But there’s just no sugar-coating it in kindergarten. One child asked another, “Can I play with you?” The answer, “No, I don’t like you.” Ouch!
2. Favoritism. There’s a secret society of ‘chosen ones’ at work, but not in kindergarten. The favorites are pretty well known. We all played duck, duck, goose and the favorites kept getting picked – and picking each other – to be ‘it.’ Finally, the un-favorites caught on and just had a melt down over not having a turn.
3. Peer pressure. In the workplace, you are occasionally persuaded to indulge in happy hour – on your LUNCH break! That’s nothing compared to a shoving match in the boys’ bathroom. You know it’s not right but it’s so much fun you risk the consequences.
4. Competition. Of course, the workplace is competitive – over time. But not every five minutes! In kindergarten, everything is a competition. Who gets in line first. Who jumps the highest. Who sings the loudest. There are plenty of chances to win, but if you are having a losing day – well who wouldn’t be upset about that?
5. Emotions. There were some pretty high-strung, whiny kids prone to meltdowns on any occasion (or every occasion) they didn’t get their way. Hhmmm – I’ve worked with some people like that so, pretty much no difference here.
Kindergarten is a creative, fun, active, collaborating environment that I enjoyed being a part of. But I think both my son and I have a reason to decompress at the end of the day.
** October is National Down’s Syndrome Month. Down syndrome is medically known as Trisomy 21. Trisomy 21 is for the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome that individuals with Down syndrome have. **
- “The Things Kindergartners Say…” (washingtonchristian.wordpress.com)
- Parents Don’t Remember Enough Colors To Help With Kindergartner’s Homework (theonion.com)
- Researchers investigate aggression among kindergartners (eurekalert.org)