HARTFORD, SD -
A lot of people think Congress has acted like children throughout the shutdown. But even kids may be able to teach lawmakers a lesson in compromise.
Kids can have issues in school when it comes to the 'My way or the highway mentality.' When those kind of problems pop up that's when adults step in.
Kids have a lot of things to work on at school, and it's not always homework. Sometimes it's dealing with compromise with their peers.
"The biggest thing for kids at a younger age is they deal with things in a very concrete way; that they can only see it one way. It's very black and white; it has to be a win," Guidance Counselor Kieron Murphy said.
Murphy has been an elementary school guidance counselor for two and a half years, this being his first at Hartford Elementary. He says that a happy medium has been a problem for every generation of kids.
"Kids are kids no matter what age. As much as grandparents want to say they're perfect angels back in the day, I think kids are kids and it's all just part of the education process," Murphy said.
Whether it's in the classroom or out on the playground, Murphy says the issue of compromise is still the same.
"They're very need driven. What they want, they want. It's just that black and white for them. I see a spot that I want to sit down in the classroom for story time; that's the spot I want. If I want to play on the monkey bars; that's what I want," Murphy said.
When the problem of who gets what arises, most of the time all it takes is for an adult to step in and explain the situation.
"You would be surprised when you talk to kids and you sit two of them down for having a fight, and adult has the ability to kind of see that grey area and you'll say to them, 'Couldn't you do this? And couldn't you do this?' And it just dawns on them; they never actually thought about that," Murphy said.
Murphy has been a counselor in Middle School and High School as well, and he says the issue is the same there. He also says he doesn't see any difference between boys and girls.
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