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Old 10-19-2012, 10:58 AM   #11
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Re: WWYD re: rude kids

Just say in a firm voice "Let go of the door and move out of the way".

Kids aren't that fragile. They can handle the teacher voice and still survive it. You don't need to be all soft and fluffy for kids if they need a firm voice.

He probably thought he was all tough, and you were challenging him by pushing on the door, and he was enjoying the challenge.

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Old 10-19-2012, 12:38 PM   #12
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Just say in a firm voice "Let go of the door and move out of the way".

Kids aren't that fragile. They can handle the teacher voice and still survive it. You don't need to be all soft and fluffy for kids if they need a firm voice.

He probably thought he was all tough, and you were challenging him by pushing on the door, and he was enjoying the challenge.
I agree 100% with this.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:45 PM   #13
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Um.... I can't stand rude kids. I would have sternly told him to let go of the door and if he didn't I would have pushed it open and asked where his parents were and told them what he did. But I have no tolerance for that kind of behavior. You definitely handled it better than I would have.

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um yes. You handled it better than I would have. I realize it wasn't YOUR kid, so you're kind of limited with how you can respond.

My guttural reaction to that behavior in my own child would be to push the door open and let them get knocked over and then have a convo about how being RUDE is not acceptable and now we're leaving and you will go spend some time in your room when we get home.

It would be hard to not want to do that to some other parent's twerp, er, kid.

Ugh.

I (hopefully) would have done the same thing you did. Maybe I would have swooped up my kid and walked to the other end of the jail and let another parent or adult who was there deal with it.... even an older child. Sometimes if you just act like "who cares" and walk away, they get bored and leave.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:25 PM   #14
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Re: WWYD re: rude kids

I think he was playing and that's fine - until it's not and that is when the mommy voice comes out and gets told to stop it right now and let the people out.

If you keep using a nice voice then it's not clear that what is going on isn't ok.
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Old 10-19-2012, 08:50 PM   #15
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I think he was playing and that's fine - until it's not and that is when the mommy voice comes out and gets told to stop it right now and let the people out.

If you keep using a nice voice then it's not clear that what is going on isn't ok.
This is my inclination. The kid thinks he's being funny. Needs to be corrected, but not maybe in a harsh way.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:53 PM   #16
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This is my inclination. The kid thinks he's being funny. Needs to be corrected, but not maybe in a harsh way.
I'm thinking this too. Kinda surprised by how many people are so offended over this incident. While he needs to let people out, he is six, and my guess is he got carried away with game...
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:46 PM   #17
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He may not have heard you and since you didn't say anything else and just pushed the door, I could easily see him thinking it's a game. Next time, repeat yourself, making sure he hears you. Kids can be distracted and just not hear, even though you think they did.
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My "Mad Mommy" voice would have come out. I would have told him that it is rude to block the door and to step aside. If he did not do it I would have pushed the door open myself. I am not sure I would talk to his parents, if a child is misbehaving openly like that in public I can only imagine what people raised it! I taught kinder for a few years before changing to high school and then became a Professor, I can tell you first hand that a 6 year old KNOWS when they are pushing buttons!
My children are taught to respect adults and their authority. (Unless of course they are putting my child in danger or asking them to do something I have told them not to do ever.)
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:28 PM   #19
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I teach so I would have turned it into a game or a teaching moment, possibly asking if he was the jail warden or something and seeing where it went from there maybe paying a fake bail or something. I feel that generally children will make the correct decisions they just want to be given a little attention and control.

If I couldn't work it into play with him I may have broken out my stern voice and very directly asked him to move his body away from the door.
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Re: WWYD re: rude kids

I don't permit my kids to 'play games' with strangers. It's rude and it's annoying. If they want to goof off they have tons of family members to goof of with, perfect strangers aren't it... Same token I'm not a play person for some strange kid I don't know from the man on the moon...I don't play or goof off or 'teaching moment' the children of strangers. Not my place, not my job. I tell the little brat what's up and then inform his/her parents they need to keep a better eye on their kid because he's being rude and obnoxious.
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