Cross Cultural Kicking

Perhaps I am the only one that this happens too? Maybe the clients that I see are unusually excitable or destined to become international soccer players. But in the three different countries that I have worked in (Australia, Samoa and America), the one and only thing that transcended cultures, was kicking. On a daily basis my shins are bruised from swinging little limbs. Sometimes I don’t know how they do it. Even if the table is wider than a bus, they somehow manage to sink further down in their chair to sock me one! Now, you might be thinking that my clients don’t like me and that they are exacting their revenge on my defenseless legs, but I assure you that most of the time that is not the case (I am convinced that one boy would rather kick me than practice his ‘s’ sound). I half jokingly tell the kids that I will tie their legs to the chair with rope if they kick me again. But inside, I am not joking. One parent even said that was a great idea… and I looked at them to see if I really could tie their child’s legs to the chair! So what can you do? I have trialled a bigger table, moved a little to the left or to the right. I have turned to the side, but then my tender thighs become the target! I tell the kids to keep their legs together, make sure that the chair and desk are the right height and give them wriggle seats. Nothing has worked. The only solid plan that I have come up with are strapping on some shin guards, but let’s be honest… it doesn’t match with everything that I am wearing!

The prettiest protection that I could find!
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4 thoughts on “Cross Cultural Kicking

  1. I tell my kiddos if they kick me once, I will remind them to keep their feet under their chair. If I get kicked again, I take the chair. It s harder o kick when you are standing. I don’t keep it long the first time. If I have to take it away the second time they stand for the rest of session.

    1. Hello, I just stumbled on your blog 🙂 One of my schools used a bungee cord on the legs of the chairs for the wiggly kids. If you tie the ends about halfway up on the front chair legs, the kids can bounce their feet against it. If a kids is bouncing too much and kicking you, you can have them put their legs behind the cord.

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