Awana will be starting up again tomorrow night, and even though I'm happy about that, it was kind of nice to have a break. I mean, I love Awana, I really do. Just ask these guys. They think I'm way better than I am. Trust me.
Because if I was really as good as they portrayed me in that article, I wouldn't have to spend so much mental energy each Awana night trying to decide which of the battles I should pick when reprimanding the kids.
I try not to spend the whole night telling the kids to STOP IT! STOP IT RIGHT NOW! We want Awana to be fun for them, after all.
So when they're doing something I don't like, I ask myself one question:
Is it harmful, or just annoying?
Because let's face it, 9-year-olds do some annoying things. Some really annoying things. So I end up asking that question to myself a lot during the evening.
One of them is hanging off my arm when I'm trying to listen to somebody else's verses.
Annoying, not harmful. I grit my teeth and let it go.
Another is standing on the color line and trying to trip the kids running around the circle.
Harmful. Probably should prevent that from happening.
Playing a "can you slap my hands before I move them" game while waiting for council time to start?
Playing a "can you slap my face before I move it" game while waiting for council time to start?
Bouncing a ball over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over (and over and over) while they wait for their parents?
Throwing said ball as high as they can against the sanctuary wall?
Harmful. To the church, at least.
Having a kid beg, plead, implore, and beseech me (over and over and over!) to pu-lease give her the balloon that's in my hands?
Tackling another 9-year-old to gain possession of said balloon?
You get the idea.
So far, the girls seem relatively happy, I'm not yelling at them all the time, and at least for now, they're all still alive.
So I guess that means it's a pretty solid system.