I have seven years of babysitting experience. For the right price I’ve been kicked, spit on, had food thrown at, and dealt with my fair share of tantrums. I like to think that I’m a pretty cool babysitter so I would always tell the families that the kids were great, regardless of behavior. This past weekend however I couldn’t do that. I had to babysit for family and I just let my aunt know how the kids actually were. I didn’t have to hide anything and it wasn’t a problem.
Everything at my job hasn’t been perfect. I’ve definitely learned that the truth is important when communicating with people. When something bothers you, bring it up right away. When we bottle things up it only gets worse. Today I brought up a problem I was having with a coworker and it totally blew up in my face. She took it the wrong way. Initially I didn’t feel bad because not everyone can handle the truth. I later went back and made sure that everything was alright for the sake of productivity. We talked it out and voiced our concerns. Everything is okay and I’m glad I spoke up.
While I’ve had a bunch of fans at orientations, I’ve definitely gained a few new enemies as well. Not everyone appreciates my honesty, so much so that I’ve had a few students curse at me. Most students are cranky and get frustrated when it comes to registering for classes. I deal with them the best I can while being honest. Angry students that hate me don’t phase me for a few reasons. It’s not the end of the world. Not everyone is going to like you. It’s a fact of life. Not everyone can tolerate the truth and they don’t like to hear what doesn’t make them happy. I’m just the messenger in most of these situations so it doesn’t phase me if a student hates me. I get enough enjoyment out of the job that I can sleep soundly at night.
This has been another week of Me, being honest.