This weekend I attended my first live football game, which was an amazing but also an eye opening experience.
As a Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, my job is to teach not only Kindergarten readiness but also social/emotional skills. I have really been working with my class this year on kindness, treating others with respect as people have there own thoughts, opinions and needs as well as empathy for others. I also believe very strongly about the home/ school connection as an important guide for a childs education and well being.
While attending this game, I witnessed some interesting parenting and just adults who lacked in many areas. One father was talking with his son about the other team and hearing the child, who had to be 9/10 years old, repeating was just sad. This father to me was not setting a good example.
I walked by a lady, fan of the other team, on my way to the bathroom and she started with the "boooo" as I walked by. So I said, as I kept walking "seriously, not necessary."
Another person during the game yelled some ridiculous profanity about a player regarding a play. Now not to say I don't use some choice words at times but in the context of what I was hearing from fans of both teams, it was just sad, ridiculous and uncalled for.
It gives me more of a challenge as a teacher because I can only do so much while the children are in my class, what happens at home I have no control of but I can only hope I can have an influence on some part of their growth and development into the person they will become. There are children in my class right now that need the guidance and support along with their parents to have a healthy frame of mind to keep their hands to themselves, use kind words and give empathy to others or they will be bullies. These children have alot of potential and have already come along way using their kind words rather than ridiculing others and keeping their hands off others.
I know football is a competitive sport but in this case, the team colors were the same, they both had different advantages but no matter what there was ridicule. The team I was routing for is strong, the other one had home field advantage. Many fans left before it was over just because their home team was losing. I did have one fan of the opposing team say "good game" to me. It was a nice ending to the game besides my team winning of course.
Where is the healthy competition children learn in little league, peewee football, kids soccer? A parent can ruin alot for their chil(ren) if parents watch more of what they do instead of just saying what their child "should do". Just like some will say "Do as I say and not what I do"...more people in general, whether a parent or not should be a role model as children are sponges and will DO as you DO in your presence or in the classroom.
As a teacher AND a parent, I am on stage at all times so what I DO and say are being watched by many. Watch what you DO because you never know who is paying attention.