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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Good morning crew,

I think parenting has changed, and I'll tell you what I mean. I was teaching two little kids the other day at the school. Both white belts, brother and sister actually, ages four and six.

Now, it is a martial arts school, so a little bit of yelling is expected, but as the minutes trickled past and they began to get distracted, my volume increased. It is one of the few ways I can keep their attention.

They were having a difficult time executing the combination of moves I was trying to teach them, and they were getting frustrated with the repetition. I have to admit, I was too.

Eventually, after the tenth or twelfth time I showed them the combination and they were still unable to repeat it, I grabbed a kicking target and smacked it down on the mat right at their feet with a gunshot-like crack.

They jumped and I started chasing them around in a circle while we all screamed like a maniacs. Eventually I got them to settle down again and we were able to finish the class.

After class was over their mother, who was watching the whole episode, walked up to me. I really thought I was going to get a complaint for treating her kids a little too harshly, but she said, "You know, you're such a good teacher. You really seem to have a way with kids!"

What the hell is she doing at home that makes it seem like I really have a way with her kids?

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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