I must give off a goofy mom vibe to little kids. I don't think I come across as any kind of real disciplinarian or potential drill sergeant when I'm with a bunch of kids. I've noticed how my kids' friends will be jokey and relaxed around me. It must be all those games that I tend to play when the kids hit my backyard. I like hanging out with kids and getting to know how they think. Even at the playground, I wind up playing tag with a bunch of kids as their moms sit on the bench.
Today, I had a particularly rambunctious bunch of 2nd graders who seemed not to think I was the adult "in charge" of them for the moment. I'm helping as a kind of class mom for my 7 year old's religion class. I was given bathroom monitor duty as the kids took one last break before they had to go to church. Well, these boys were showing off all their silliness and bathroom humor for me in the hallway. I tried to be firm (I know, I'm a pushover), but the real religion teacher came and straightened them all out with one killer look. She turns the corner a minute later, and they get right back into their shenanigans. They look at me with a quick little grin, and then start telling me jokes.
It looks like my perpetual goofiness has taken over my adult persona, and I'm now officially "Mrs. Potato Head" to every little one who crosses my path. Oh well, I think it's time for me to consider entertaining at kid birthday parties. At least, I should make some money when surrounded by 4 foot and under wise guys and gals. If I don't start doing an act, maybe they'll start jumping on my back for piggyback rides. And I have to tell you, this old back can't handle that stress!!