our little sunbeam
in prelude to this post i feel it necessary to remind you all that it was only one short post ago
that i mentioned the whole "i love my calling as the primary chorister" business
well that was 2010 people
2011 brings new challenges
atticus as a sunbeam
he got rave reviews from his teacher after class
he played the games, he listened, he didn't send any of the other children to the hospital
this did not surprise me
what also did not surprise me was that he was something along the lines of maniacal
during singing/sharing time before class.
so let's picture this together:
i'm in front of all the junior primary
singing, dancing and otherwise entertaining as these are the requirements my calling entails
atticus: running, laughing, drawing on the chalkboard, pounding on the piano, talking into the microphone, let your imagination soar here
all the other children: sitting quietly, paying attention, whatever is the opposite of atticus
so this is quite the conundrum
i did my best to keep him reverent, get him to sit down, all that jazz
which he did part of the time, but it was the rest of the time that had be feeling trapped in a perpetual try-to-keep-my-child-under-control-alla-sacrament-meeting-style fiasco. i mean an hour+ in sacrament meeting is tough enough but now to keep him reverent and engaged for the second hour of church while also trying to do my calling is more tough. i've chatted with other peeps who have had my calling and we've compared noted and i've discovered that different wards use their primary chorister differently. and my ward uses me a lot! i'm busy almost non-stop for the two hours of primary. and when another leader is doing sharing time i'm in the nursery singing with them, so it's real busy, not a lot of downtime. i'm also kind of the impromptu fill-in-the-extra-time person too so at any time a primary leader will ask me to come up and do some extra singing, get the kids reverent, get their wiggles out, whatever. as i've said before - i love it but it's also a lot of work. and now i'm also chasing atticus which = a LOT of work.
this isn't meant to be an whoa is me pity party
and i realize that the passage of time is going to help this situation
but in the meantime, any bandaid solutions you could throw my way?
perhaps just a bit of sympathy?
and while we're at it
i'm planning on revamping my sacrament meeting bag of tricks
to keep the kids happy and quiet for the hour+ sacrament meeting circus
do you have any must-have secrets for making sacrament meeting less circus-esque?
thanks for letting me pick your brain
note: this is not meant as a rip on atticus post. i'm very leery of labeling children
and i'm actually very pro-mania when it's appropriate but i'm just looking for tips on teaching him reverence, etc.