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I’m a primary-school teacher and also a parent. It always amuses me to think about all the similarities between the two, and the differences as well. So I thought I’d just, completely pointlessly, summarise them for you in a little comparison between teaching and parenting 🙂
Similarities between teaching and parenting:
- You get whinged at all day.
- You barely find time to have a wee.
- Very rarely do you get to drink a hot cup of tea or coffee.
- You feel like you’re never doing enough and could always be doing more or doing better.
- You juggle a million things in your head at once.
- You don’t often get thanked or appreciated for your hard work.
- You feel super proud when a child achieves something and you know you enabled it to happen.
- It’s bloody hard work but can be bloody amazing.
|You might occasionally actually manage a lunch break in peace.||You will share your lunch with your children, who have probably refused to eat their own.|
|When you lose patience, you might be a bit annoyed but it’s mostly just pretend to get the kids to behave.||When you lose patience with your own kids, you feel the wrath of a thousand volcanoes and absolutely lose your shiz.|
|You can hand over the kids to someone else at the end of the day.||You can never escape.|
|With a raft of behaviour management strategies up your sleeve, you might actually have some element of control with a class of 30 children.||You will have zero control with your own kids. Zero.|
|You can’t go on holiday in termtime because of other people’s kids.||You can’t go on holiday in termtime because of your own kids.|
|You have to be polite to other people’s children when they whinge about a hurty finger.||You can tell your own children to stop being so bloody ridiculous, some people have real problems (ahem, if you want to, that is…)|
|You might feel a bit bad if you make a poor decision or haven’t spent as much time on preparation etc.||ALL. THE. GUILT. FOR. EVERYTHING.|
|You have a boss to defer to if the sh*t hits the fan.||You are the boss. You have to make the decisions.|
|You get good holidays.||You get no holidays.|
|If by some miracle you do find time for a wee, you will be able to go by yourself.||You will never wee unaccompanied or uninterrupted EVER.|
So there you go! Hope you enjoyed my little comparison between teaching and parenting 😀 Let me know if I missed anything!
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