Parenting and teaching are two of the hardest jobs that I’ve ever had. You would think that if you are good at one, you’d be good at the other since they both involve educating and raising tiny humans. I will admit that the two jobs do lend to each other. I know that being a parent has made me a better teacher, and being a teacher has made me a better and more knowledgeable parent. However, in the spirit of honesty, I will say that there are some days that I feel like I’m a great teacher, but a terrible parent, and vice versa.
I decided to dedicate my life to children many years ago. I’ve always known that I was meant to be a parent, and I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. Both jobs are extremely rewarding and I wouldn’t trade what I do for anything. But both jobs are very challenging.
I feel like when you read parenting or teaching blogs, they highlight only the things that go well. I want to be more real. I want everyone to know that while I love my life and what I do, it can be a struggle. Some days I wake up and just feel like I don’t want to be an adult, but I also know that it’s just not an option for me. Because what many people don’t realize is that in our profession, you have to be “on” at all times. Teaching doesn’t end at 3:30, because you are always thinking of how to reach your students, tweak your lessons, and monitor their progress. You spend the evenings doing all of these things as well as corresponding with parents, filling out paperwork, and answering emails. Parenting is the same way. It doesn’t end at bedtime. There are still lunches to pack, sick kids to nurture, monsters under the bed to scare away, and tears to wipe when your child has a bad dream.
I want to make this a little easier for you. If I can share my mistakes and successes with you, then maybe you can have similar successes and not make those mistakes. I want to be open, honest, and real. I want you to know that I am not perfect. I’m just a mother who fiercely loves her child, and an educator whose heart is touched by every student she teaches. I try to do what is best for every child that I come into contact with, and every single one of those children, including my own, teach me something new that makes me a better person.
They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Thank you for letting me be a small part of yours.