First off, if you think a synonym for the word boss in the title is supervisor we have some work ahead of us. Seriously. One of chaserohr’s Instagram names did not refer to his skills as an overseer of men….
A bubble of mine that is highly shimmery (again, if we are clueless here, please refer to my past post on ADD here) is how we are parenting our adolescents and teens (and the littles, too). It worries me y’all. A lot.
Parenting may be the one thing in our lives (talking about my generation, and I am in my early 40s) that has really been a bit of a snag for us. Try as we might, we can’t seem to read and to research our way out of it. And perhaps therein lies the problem…. I think on many levels we have made parenting about US when it is actually only about THEM. Right?
We want a simple, easy, accessible answer to a very complex and nuanced situation. I am amazed at the number of parenting guide books that not only exist, but are actually read. I have read many, but mostly because, as a teacher, I had to keep up with the lingo like helicopter parenting or using love and logic. I’d love to write a book on parenting adolescents and teens so I won’t damage any future aspirations of mine too much…
So here is what i am thinking….as a parent I am always going back to experiences in my classroom as a guide with my own kids. Teaching demanded simple, effective strategies to essentially parent, on some level, 60 ish kids every year. The more and more I think about it, there seems to be a really strong correlation between teaching and parenting….or at the very least I think we can use teaching as a blueprint for parenting. Sure, teachers write books about kids – lots of them. They even write books about parenting kids. But from what I have found, we do not rely on the expertise of our educators enough :: amazing people who are in the trenches everyday with our adolescents and teens are the ones who are brilliantly skilled and insightful. If we could model parenting on teaching……hmmmm….I ike where this is going..
I’m curious….If you could “anonymously” ask a teacher ANYTHING about kids (your kids, your kids’ friends…), what would it be? I know what I have been asked in fifteen years….and I promise you I have been asked just about everything.
I am excited to hear from you….you can leave a comment below or send an email to email@example.com. Hopefully this interaction can generate some great insight for all of us!