• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Keep Your Cool on April Fools

It is that famous day in history, when all children (and adults alike), test their goofing abilities and work to create the ultimate prank for friends, family members, and sometimes even the odd passerby.  While April Fool’s Day may be a great time for those doing the pranking, the person receiving the prank may not always think it is so fun.  It can sometimes lead to hurt feelings, anxiety, and fear for individuals…which is of course no laughing matter.  However, there are some tips that may be useful to help ease the April Fool’s “pain” and keep calm when the pranks have turned to you:

1. Never let em see you sweat: If a prank is used on you and you did not expect it, keep calm and pretend like it doesn’t even phase you.  If the prankster doesn’t get a rise out of you for their joke, they won’t see a point in continuing to target you.

2. Laugh: They always say, “If you can’t beat em, join em.”  Well, go ahead and laugh right along with them.  Laughing at yourself will show that you have a good sense of humor and can take a silly prank without letting it get you bent out of shape.

3. Get some revenge: Why not have a little pranking of your own?  After All, this holiday only comes once a year!

4. Compliment: Sometimes when a prankster throws out an April Fool’s joke, it’s really because they are out for something more: attention.  Give them a little laugh and compliment them on their attempt to make them feel successful, then leave the situation.

5. DON’T use aggression: For obvious reasons.  You are old enough to control this type of reaction.

6. Plan for next year: If this is a battle they want, then it’s a battle they’ll get.  Plan up your April Fool’s tricks for next year to be prepared for the upcoming year.  They are sooooo going down.

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