So many people in the adult world are so used to mediating disputes between children for them. Sometimes they listen to the problem. Sometimes they don’t. Mostly they barrel into a problem and decide they’re going to solve it for them. They determine how they’re going to compromise or otherwise resolve the problem and inform them that they’re to act that way. The kids say they will, because, after all, they have no power in that situation. Then, most often, they return right back to old habits, because, after all, the solution was never theirs.
Sean Vivier is a former staff member at Mountain Laurel Sudbury School, a former public school and Montessori school teacher, and an aspiring novelist. He is currently working as a web developer.