Every day, I make conversation with anywhere from 40 to 80 young children in my clinic. Elementary age students can be a riot. These kids, ages 3-11 years, are endearing and often hilarious. For example:
- When I cut my hair last year, I felt pretty good about myself. That is until a Kindergartener asked me, “Why is your hair all messed up??”
- When I had a third grader in my clinic, she told me about her “crush.” I asked her what she likes about him and she said “his swag.” I said “What is swag???” She said “the way he dresses.” I thought to myself “I’m pretty sure he wears Angry Birds t-shirts like every other boy in this school!”
- When a fifth grader who comes in frequently for his inhaler read this sign on my desk : He said “That’s not true – you’ve been nursing for me for a long time, and my Science grade hasn’t gone up at all!”
- I frequently get asked “Nurse Cathy, don’t you remember that time I had a (choose one) stomach ache/nosebleed/scratch/tummy ache, etc??” There’s no way I can possibly remember every boo-boo but I always nod my head and say “oh yes I remember that day!”
- When I’m calling one of their parents and the phone is ringing, I often ask “What does your mommy/daddy do at work?” I’ve gotten answers such as “I think my dad drives a truck all night and makes food,” and “My mom just mostly sleeps all day,” and lots of “I don’t really know.” Tell your kids what you do all day people! A fifth grader (10 yrs old) should be able to explain what their parents job is (and yes, that includes what kind of work the job of a homemaker entails).
- When kids come back from a long break and start running and playing again, I hear a lot of “My heart is beating really fast!” and “my legs are sore and I don’t know why!”
I could go on, but I think you can see my point. Working with kids can be challenging, but they can definitely brighten your day.