Here’s some of the best biz advice I ever got:
“Focus on the clients who are cooperating with your policies.”
You know how it’s so easy to feel forced to give your attention to those who are misbehaving? A kid, a mate, a pet, a neighbor or a co-worker? They suck your attention better than a new vacuum cleaner.
I’ve noticed over the years I have SANE parents and Un-SANE parents.
The sane parents cooperate. The un-sane parents think I left them in charge.
Here’s an example.
Let’s say the deadline to pay for the costumes was Dec. 27. Then on Jan. 3 a dance parent realizes they forget to pay.
The sane parent says politely, “Can I still pay and what is the late fee? I’ll bring it right over.’
The Un-sane parent, launches into entitled troll talk, blame, and general corruption. It goes like this (and I’m not making this up):
“OMG this is ridiculous there’s a late fee!!! I just forgot. I’m busy okay? I just got back from Cancun for two weeks and it’s been overwhelming getting caught up. So I can pay this next week because we can’t attend this week so I’ll pay it then but I’m not paying a late fee. That’s ridiculous.”
Actually, you’re ridiculous and the sad part is you don’t know it.
The money is already late (and about to go up) and now this drama-momma wants to pay up when she feels like it with no penalty.
Since when did she become the CEO of my business?
Entitled thinking does that. Every rule in a business, court, plane and humane society is an opportunity to demand an exception because they need attention. The un-sane need drama and will attempt to suck you in wherever they go. Unplug them.
I’d rather give attention to those cooperating.
For the un-sane… “bye.”
Lot of food for thought here.
For the loveleeee sane parents: your kid needs more flexibility.
Can they hold their leg up by their ear without using their hands? Can the leg be straight up on its own muscle power?
Probably not. You need more than once a week stretch to achieve the flexibility for the advanced moves. It’s right here…
Copyrighted & published by Christine Rich
Master teacher, coach and author
The book: The Truth About Amazing Kids