i’ve worked with kids for about 7 years now. infants, school age, and everything in between. my favorite group has been the preschoolers, and i’ve hung out with them for the past year and a half. i’ve learned a great deal from my experience as a preschool teacher. the kids are so open, so eager to learn, and i was responsible for educating them (…which is a scary thought).
they’ve turned out alright, though. i’ve learned more from them than they from me, i think: about myself, about God, about life. i was offered a new position within the ministry i work for, and will be leaving the little people to work with the grown-ups (…another scary thought). so i’ve compiled a bit of a list of things that i’ve taken from my experience watching other people’s kids. it’s incomplete, i’m sure, but in so many ways they have been a blessing to me.
so without further adieu, here’s what kids have taught me:
- nothing EVER goes as planned, and that’s OK
- [to all the people that have said, “oh! you must have so much patience to be working with children! i could never do that!”] it’s not about having patience so much as it is about having restraint
- everything is breakable. EVERYTHING. even things that say they aren’t.
- i can overcome my fears for the sake of a child
- bleach is AH-MAY-ZING
- you have a better chance of them listening to you if you sing it rather than say it
- yelling to get a point across is never effective
- i’m so never gonna be ready to be a mom
- kids have the ability to bring out the worst in me one minute…
- …and make my heart bleed the next
- sometimes, you just gotta let them cry it out
- God is love
- Toy Story is timeless
- your lap becomes fair game as soon as you are in a sitting position
- don’t misjudge them. they’re smarter than you think…
- transition and change is hard for little people…but mostly for me
- “if you like to talk to tomatoes, if a squash can make you smile, if you like to waltz with potatoes up and down the produce aisllleee…”
- kids are tactless
- enjoy the little things
- hands are for helping, not for hurting
- i have mastered the gag reflex…
- i am NOT perfect…
- …and neither are they
- it’s ok to be messy every now and then. and loud.
- kids believe whatever you tell them
- don’t micromanage.
- TRUTH: “monkey see, monkey do.”
- keep it simple
- moms don’t get enough credit
- telling them something once, twice and upwards to a million times is never enough…
- we are so much like children…it’s a command for us to be: like it says here, here and here. (i suppose that’s why i thought it’d be important to take notes from them…)
what can you add to the list?