So I teach Sunday school at my church in the Pre-k/K room, and 90% of the time, its fabulous! I love the little ones and their crazy take on stories or the lesson for the day. The woman who co-teaches with me is great--we have a great balance and take things in stride. Well except for this year. This year has been the explosion of the boy. Our class started out the year with more boys than girls...then we've had families move in...and they've all been boys. Lord, I mean really Lord I need your help. On a typical Sunday we have 10 boys and 2 girls. Did I mention the church serves donuts before Sunday School? Whoever thought up that idea was NOT a Sunday school teacher. This year has been a challenge because the joy I receive and share with the kids has been squelched by fart noises, fights in class, not paying attention, having to take kids in the hallway, timeouts, etc. It has not been pleasant. Every week is basically a disciplinary session on how to act in Sunday School. Hmmm. Maybe its burn-out, maybe its the kids--I don't know.
And what to say when the parents are like "how's Johnny?"....umm he's the devil in disguise? I don't know what to say to parents when the parents know they don't behave (I've seen them in church with their parents--not much better behavior).