Saturday, January 12, 2019

Kim Frencken: Teachers and mothers

I couldn't do it. I couldn't be a teacher and a mother. I have the most profound respect for those who are teachers by day and moms by 24/7. Can't figure out how they manage. No possible way. I couldn't go from the classroom to the home. Never stop. Never slow down. Keep going until your head hits the pillow and then in just a few seconds the alarm goes off and it starts all over again.

How do you do it? How do you deal with teenage drama, runny noses, or middle school tears and then find the compassion to deal with the same after school? I know how I would handle drama. Listen for 1 minute and then tell them to get over it. Runny noses and anything medical... call a doctor. I'm not a nurse for a reason. It is really hard to deal with someone who is sick when you're gagging. Tears? Here's a Kleenex.

How do you find a name for your child? Every year there is that child. The one that you would never name your own child. 

If you've taught long enough, there is nothing you can name your child. Every cute name has a memory attached to it. Every name combination that your husband likes reminds you of a bad experience. And, if you haven't taught very long, there will come a day when you regret giving your child their name. How did you find the perfect untainted name? I had a difficult time naming my furry babies. If I'd had children, they would still be nameless.

How do you deal with a conflict that your child has had at school? Where do you draw the line? Separate home and school? Do you help with homework? Is your child involved in extracurricular activities? When do you grade papers? What is your secret?

So moms and teachers, you have my undying respect. I am in awe of all you accomplish. I know that it isn't easy, but you make it look like a breeze. You seem to sail through your day with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. You are amazing!

Trust me, pets are easier. Give me fur balls any day!

(For more of Kim Frencken's writing and information about her educational products, check out her blog Chocolate For The Teacher.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There seems to be an underlying tone of anger and resentment in most of your posts. Maybe you’re burnt out?