[Originally published 28 September 2015]
Teaching Diary. The world of being a kid is so different from when I was 6-8 yrs old. Today I began meeting with the nearly 20 primary school kids I’ll be tutoring over the next few weeks. So today we chatted casually so that we could get to know each other. Here are some of the crazy problems I didn’t have to worry about until just a few years ago when I was in my late 30’s, but they’re concerned about now at roughly age 7!
1. A few plan to close down their YouTube channels because of the unpleasant environment they have to deal with.
2. One is having “serious issues” with T-Mobile, and is looking for a new mobile phone service provider.
3. Another is looking for a good iPad repair person at a decent price.
4. Another saw the netbook sitting on my desk and commented casually that theirs was more advanced than mine.
Bloody hell! When I was a kid our family had two phones, attached to the wall, with a 4 ft cord and a rotary dial, and the internet wasn’t going to be invented for another 15 years! It was a relief to learn that a few of the kids still watch Tom and Jerry, so we at least have one thing in common! On the other hand, only one kid so far knew about Doctor Who, so I think we can all agree that this is a significant sign of bad parenting, for if you are a REAL parent, you watch Doctor Who with your kid every single Saturday as well as every day in between. Seriously. Get your act together parents of small children! 😛