Don’t Tip.

I get nervous when the kids tip the chairs. I worry that they’re going to bonk their heads on the concrete-under-carpet floor and do themselves serious damage. I worry they’ll hit the wall and break their necks. I worry that they will somehow (don’t know the physics of this, exactly) bash their teeth out, slipping and hitting the table.

Paranoid much? Yeah. This is why I think I would be a lousy parent. Or maybe you let more go when they’re your own kids. In any case, I get gore-track when kids tip chairs.

In any case, I have the perfect solution for kids tipping chairs. I tell them, “Don’t tip. You’ll fall and bonk your head. All of the English will fall out. You’ll have to go back to ABC, and then all your friends will laugh at you – in English, and you won’t be able to understand!”

It’s a nice compromise, because I’m joking and they know it, but they stop tipping, at least for a while.

3 Comments to “Don’t Tip.”

  1. By Stephanie, November 10, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    When I was in sixth grade, all of us in class used to tip back in our chairs. By the end of the year, our teacher was totally beside herself with anger. I don’t remember why I liked to tip back so much. I think I just liked the feeling of being off the ground. Some point, we held a class election and my table nominated me so I had to stand up and make a speech. I was really flustered and didn’t know what to say, so I just promised the students that if I was elected everyone could tip back in their chairs and no one would get mad at them. Everyone cheered. However, I still didn’t win.

  2. By Liz, November 10, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

    It’s really natural for them to tip. I get it. I tipped. It’s fun to balance. I wonder if your teacher had the same gory fears as I do.

    Unfortunately, there was no way to really ensure your election promise. Adults always win.

  3. By Beth, November 11, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    A couple days ago a grade one kid sat down without due attention, the chair wasn’t there, she fell, cracking her head on the desk behind on the way. When she passed out 10 minutes later in the office, paramedics were called.
    Gore tracks can be real sometimes.
    Oh, she was fine the next day, fell off the monkey bars and got a bloody nose. hmmm. Accident prone.

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