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Yesterday, I said that as part of my student teaching, I would be videotaping myself as I taught lessons for three days beginning this afternoon. Well, as anyone who has been around children can attest to, things don't always go according to plan when you're waiting on kids to finish work. We took so long to finish a math lesson that they were having trouble understanding that I never had time to do my extra lesson and videotape today.
Do you ever feel like you've mentally prepared yourself to do something, and then things just don't go according to plan? This happens a lot when you're dealing with children. Whether you work with kids on a daily basis, or you have kids at home, you can never guarantee that something will happen when it's supposed to if kids are involved.
In our house, my mom has a rule that we try to stick to: don't tell the kids anything until right before something is supposed to happen. I'll give you some examples...
- We won't tell little kids that we're planning on bringing them to the movies until that morning, just in case plans change and we can't make it.
- The little kids aren't told if my mom is planning a play date for them until the day they're supposed to see their friends, because you just never know if someone is going to get sick and it needs to be cancelled.
On top of that, the older members of the family are always prepared for plans to be cancelled or changed. For one thing, you never know when you're getting a new sibling around here! But as I've talked about before, with so many people in my family, someone is always getting sick, which means that plans switch at the last minute.
How far in advance do you tell your kids about plans that you're making?
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