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Re: Miss The Days?
Yes. I had kids quit. I had kids stay. I had kids I knew I could push to certain levels and some battles just weren't fighting because it didn't matter. I had kids pass out in the parking lot and come back to rehearsal the next day ready to run and I had kids break a sweat and never return. I ran kids through the ringer for being late to a rehearsal and they never were late again and I had kids be late every day just to see if they could push me over the edge, (they just got a lower grade and fewer responsibilities and everyone was okay with that). That doesn't mean I let kids win. It means I avoid win-lose situations because those were really lose-lose for everyone.
Agree! Build relationships. Understand your kids and your community. We talk all the time on this board about work/life balance. Remember, your program is work for you and your students. If they deem their work/life balance is out of kilter what's the difference than when you do?
Now, if kids are quitting because you called home about their talking in rehearsals, you might not have needed them. If kids are quitting because parents don't want you to keep calling, (OP), then maybe you were calling too much or about silly issues.