Anyone who works with children will understand the roller coaster ride of emotions you experience over the course of a school year.
Whilst I love my job, working with children can make you feel tired, sad, worried, stressed, daunted, unfunny, a failure, out of touch, old, emotional and rubbish at your job.
Sad but true.
However, you learn so much when you work with children. You get to see things from their many perspectives – straightforward and complicated, innocent and streetwise, selfish and caring.
I’ve learned over the years to take children just as they are.
By adopting this approach you allow yourself to see the world through their eyes. Not to judge them, but to understand why they may behave a certain way, gain insight into their experiences of life so far and to appreciate the little things they do in all their simplicity.
Here are a few examples of the wonderful moments I’ve noticed when with children:
Excitement – is what you experience when say you will get the Lego out during wet play
Generosity – is being given ten drawings by the same child
Happiness – the face that literally lights up when you thank them for something they did
Motivation – children working together to tidy up quickly so we have time for a game
Creativity – 30 children, a whole afternoon, plain old white paper and a box of crayons…
Compassion – half the class offering to take the child who has fallen over to first aid
Appreciation – the handmade card at the end of the year
Humour – because kids are funny. Period
Wisdom – need to know anything about Minecraft? Ask a child.
Courage – for some, just showing up every day
Friendship – navigating the trials and tribulations of the school playground
Confidence – anyone can blossom with a little support
It is a privilege to work with children and young people. Hard, but a privilege none the less.
So I want to say thank you to all the amazing children out there.
I never miss an opportunity to say it, and I want you to say it too.
Children are fabulous educators and the positives far out way the negatives.
Thank them for all they are teaching you.
Share your stories of what lessons children have taught you below. I can’t wait to read them.