I am that mean old lady

witch.jpgAs I’ve written before, our shul has a bit of a problem with hallway behavior. There are kids who run noisily through the halls, and who kids who somehow manage to run noisily in and out of the offices. They also run noisily in and out of of the childcare room. And the coat room. To their credit, they don’t seem to run noisily in and out of the bathroom.

Today, I was the mean old lady I remember from my own days of loitering in the halls at shul. I went around telling kids in a stern voice (and an even sterner face) they were not allowed to run in the halls. I threatened to to tell their parents. And then I did go tell some of their parents. A little later on, I saw the kids hiding from me, whispering and pointing. Just like I did to that mean old lady when I was a kid.
If I’m going to be a shul stereotype for the ages, I think I’d rather be the Candy Man.
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posted October 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I have to say that I like you as the Wicked Witch… You’ll be changing these kids’ lives… because they knew you… they have been changed…. For Good. :) But I would have been yelling right there with you. The fact that they hide and whisper and point is a good, good thing.

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Jennifer in MamaLand

posted October 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

In our shul, the worst “screamers” and brattiest kids in the kids’ programs are all directly related to the big donors and board members – so nobody says a word.
Once, I found them dropping grapes in the stairwell – creating a major slipping hazard, if nothing else. I told them off that time. I’ve also told them not play in the Shabbos elevator (it’s for people with walkers, wheelchairs and carriages, and if you have two good legs, use them!). I’ve also stopped kids from playing ball in the main sanctuary. I am the Wicked Witch for sure in their books!
(to be fair, one of the ball-playing kids was my own son… eek!)

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posted October 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Welcome to the club. I had to run some kids out of my classroom who should have been upstairs for t’filah with their classmates, but who were, instead…loitering there. In the dark. They are still cutting a wide swath around me! MWA-HA-HA-HA! :-)

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posted October 18, 2010 at 10:59 am

I’ve always thought setting resonable standards, giving the kids the tools or activities to preform to those standards and holding them to them would make them better adults and better people.
I’m currently trying to decide between 2 shulls and listening to the complaining about unsupervised out-of-control kids at one is making the decision easier. I don’t want that kind of roll modeling for my kids. I would much prefere to have some ‘busy-body’ caring adults step in and remind all of the kids what is expected. Shull isn’t (just)a library but it definatley is NOT a gym.

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Michael in MN

posted October 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Becky: I, for one, caught that. You are Wicked…

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