“Did you have fun in camp today?” I asked my seven-year-old.
She gave the weak smile that is Little Bit code for “not so
much, but it wasn’t terrible, and I’m a good girl and will do my best to say
what you want to hear.”
This week’s enrichment activity is geocaching. If you’ve never tried it, it’s kind of a high
tech treasure hunt in which you use a GPS to find caches left by other
people. Little Bit has geocached before*
and enjoyed it, which is why she wanted to sign up for this camp.
Problem is, the class is full of hyper-competitive kids
(HCKs) who always want to be the first to spot the cache, which means the
quiet, polite, non-aggressive kids like mine never get there first because the
HCKs shove in front.
So Little Bit felt kind of cheated today, and also rather
shocked at how poorly the HCKs followed directions when the adults in charge
lamely tried to contain their zeal.
“Tomorrow,” I told her, “when an HCK pushes in front of you,
stick your foot out and trip him!”
Ok, I didn’t tell her that, but I wanted to. What should I tell her? Be good, follow directions, don’t push, wait
your turn. Sure, where does THAT get you
What would you tell YOUR kid?
*Note to Gungaboy: Little Bit is hoping you will take her
geocaching again. She knows she can
trust you to be fair.