I enjoyed my years as a teacher. When people ask me what was my favorite part, I always without hesitation answer, the kids. The kids were the best part of the job. They taught me a lot about life.
1- Preschool children are matter-of-fact and blunt with the truth. Truthful and direct feedback also helps us build resilience, instead of always sugar-coating the truth and only telling someone what they want to hear.
2- All children come from different backgrounds, but when you see them skip or run through the playground and run to hug you, they make it clear that they are there to have fun in a safe environment and that they feel secure.
3- Kids love to learn without even knowing that they are learning. To them, it makes the world exciting and new. Kids have the knack of wanting to ask the questions, “Why?” “How?” “When?” all day long. They have curious minds and this love of learning is what molds them into the adults they will become.
Working with kids I have developed patience, got much more comfortable in my own skin no matter what someone else thinks. I have learned that being truthful and kind are so very important in this world and when all else fails, always know that a cookie can make everything feel better.
Adults have to remember that they are the example they set for their kids and for kids in general. We are each child’s biggest influence, and if we are patient, kind, good-tempered, and happy, then they will be too.