Our latest issue of Enfants Terribles Magazine is about education. A subject straight from my heart. To make a long story short; I only had interest in Art and Culture, which, to me, is everything. Untill I was 23. After Art school and an internship I found out there are a lot of fake, money or attention craving people out there, and I don’t like them. I don’t want to have to deal with them. So my next study was to become a teacher. And I love being around these pure, honest little people. I connect with them and what seems like weird behavior to some is often very normal to me. I like the way they view the world. And most of us like candy, not listening, and cheating without getting caught, we care about little things and think cartoons should be on every curriculum. But there was one thing that made me a better teacher; becoming a parent. I now also see the side of the parents, and know how hard it can be. I mean, these kids really don’t pay any attention to us, do they?
Parents often wonder out loud how I am able to get a group of hyper kids to work silently and independently. And in parent-teacher talks they often give me the feeling they seem to think I never struggle with the same problems they have. Well, as soon as you have kids, we all do have those hard times. Here's a few things why being a teacher is easier than being a parent, even if you only have 2.
1. Parents getting their kids out of bed on time are awesome. Parents that are late sometimes are normal. [I’m not talking about being late every day, that’s just annoying.] But kids in the morning are zombies, not able to come up with any idea or action on their own. And they turn back to normal, living creatures as soon as they are in the classroom. Somehow a true apocalypse occurs in weekends when they suddenly wake up at 6 and have an insatiable hunger for attention, you making them sandwiches, tv and loud noises. The after effect is they need extra sleep on week day mornings. It’s a never ending battle.
2. Getting kids dressed and ready in the morning is a form of sport. A bit like doing your boot camp after 5 days of Christmas dinners. My kid still pretends to not know how to get his shoes on. I know he does it himself at school, I do want him to become independent. It just takes more time than we can ever count on. Like when I get ready for date night and say I just need 2 minutes to get ready. Never make it. Time is relative you know. Teach that to the kids and keep that in mind next time a parent comes in with a stoic kid and an overheated attitude.
3. All parents want to give their kids healthy food, some just don't know what that is. And others have to make up for eating all the chocolate without sharing. And they happen to do it by giving their kids pancakes for lunch. Bad food choices, yes, avoidable, no.
4. Children in groups only behave when they consider YOU the teacher. As soon as you're identified as a parent they turn in to unguided projectiles with a vengeance. “Let’s see if all rules apply here too, and how far they can be stretched!”. And you can scream or try to look very fierce. Really only works on how the other is perceiving you. Do they need you?
5. Some parents truly believe our kids are royalty. Most of us know they are annoying, snot eating, attention craving little nerds. And we know that WE still love them but how on earth could a teacher stand it? So if we make you look at them as geniuses, maybe you’ll think you're wrong about them being little turds sometimes.
On another note; all teachers I know, really do love all your children. We like the way they are all their own beings. And we love the way they tell about your most embarrassing moments.