Ask and Ye Shall Receive

When I dropped my oldest son, Dacha, off for his first day of fourth grade, I tried a little experiment. Instead of being my effusive self, I held back. While the boys and girls ran around on the playground awaiting the assembly bell, I introduced myself to the teacher. “I’m Chris Thurber, Dacha’s dad.” The firm handshake came at once, along with a “Nice to meet you” … but the sunglasses stayed on. I threw the first imaginary penalty flag …


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3 comments on “Ask and Ye Shall Receive

  1. Kirstie Wills on said:

    I appreciated this article as a camp director – it’s truly important to give parents a sense of security and confidence about where their children are spending the day, and who is taking care of them. I agree that, if possible, sunglasses should be taken off for greeting people; however, I have to point out that there may have been a reason the sunglasses didn’t come off. The teacher may have a medical reason for keeping sunglasses on. As a person who feels near-blind without glasses on, I certainly don’t take my sunglasses off unless I have my regular glasses handy. This teacher erred on many fronts, but I hope people don’t rush to judgment just because of sunglasses staying on.

  2. Bill Stoldt on said:

    I too appreciate this article as an aspiring camp director. I have printed it out for future reference in my own life let alone for staff training. I really like these Week-Ender articles and I am starting to look forward to seeing them in my email box!

  3. Evan Heltay on said:

    An excellent article with some simple tips that can make the families first experience a lot more pleasant. Youth development professionals can benefit greatly from this information as they will most likely be less experienced and a lot more nervous then Mr. Wilson was on day 1. These little things can really add up in making parents, and as a result their children, more comfortable in having someone new look after their children.

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