Hi everyone, I'm a college student who volunteers in a middle school after-school program once a week. I'm really, really struggling with the balance between being an authority figure and creating relationships with the kids. During homework time, I try to enforce that kids do the homework and not use cell phones, but it's really hard when the tutor that works with me doesn't. I'm upset because I feel like they won't like me if I'm too firm with them. I've been feeling really down because I'm not sure if I'll be a good teacher because I'm struggling to create this balance. When I'm just having fun with the kids, I do great with them and they like me, but during homework time, I feel like I'm a bad cop. I love, love, love the kids but I feel like I'm not doing a good job at creating relationships with them. Also, are there any tips for working with middle school students who are not working? (screaming, running, etc.) The program coordinators are in different rooms at different times so they're not always with us in the room. Thanks!! Any advice is much appreciated.