Why Kindergarten Is The Toughest Grade To Teach

Teaching Kindergarten seems like an easy job to some. Playing, singing, learning to read, count and draw. Not much to it. I, too, believed that teaching Kindergarten was an easy job. That was until I visited my daughter’s classroom one day to observe my child.

While I was in the class, I observed much more than just my own child. I took time to observe the whole classroom. I realized that day that Kindergarten teachers teach the toughest age group.

Here’s why:

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The Last First – The End of an Era

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I was sniffing the fresh, new-baby scent from the scalp of my oldest. Now, I am scalp-sniffing my last, who is no longer fresh and new. I can’t help but linger, still taking in the smell of her sweet little head.

Although I love each of my kids equally, I find myself holding on to each moment and each phase of life a little longer with my youngest.

Because she is my last.

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What Being A Parent Is Really Like

When your childless self envisions what being a parent will look like, you usually think of the blissful life you are sure to have. The kind of life you imagine families in commercials have. You think you will be prepared and embrace being a parent with all the patience, wisdom and understanding your parents didn’t have.

You read and read and read up on how to parent properly, so to speak. What to do and what not to do. You declare you won’t set bad habits for your baby. You will sleep when the baby sleeps. Dinner will be ready on the table every night when you’re off on maternity leave. Your child will never talk back to you because you will shut that shit down before it even starts.

You think…

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