This is an old German saying, roughly translates to:
A teacher's children and a priest's cattle will rarely turn out well if ever.
Does being an educator make a difference to raising our own children, does being a parent make a difference to our work as educators, and how?
Let's imagine you are a wonderful teacher BC (= before children). Your first child arrives and as for all parents your world gets turned upside down by the needs of this little person. If you are working in the early weeks and months of your bundle's arrival, you might have less time to prepare your lessons than BC, but you gain a different perspective of how little people grow and learn. You gain a different perspective of what is important in life - there is a life outside school!
As time goes by the little person grows bigger and a little less dependant but as my mother has always said 'little children, little worries - big children, big worries!'. You learn to become better and better at multi-tasking, marking your recounts while you cook dinner with a pre-schooler throwing a tantrum etc. You get wiser, though maybe a bit disillusioned about the enthusiasm you used to put into your preparation and teaching BC and now no longer can fathom. There might be times when you regret a parental decision you made, the way you acted / spoke when your child wanted you while you just had to put the finishing touch on the preparation for your school trip etc. Being an educator and a parent today is hard work.
Being a parent with an educator background can be very challenging:
One example is how my youngest son's teacher who is a friend told me on Friday my son was the only one in his class who did not get 100% in his spelling (he got 90%) which for the son of a teacher was disappointing. She certainly did not mean to be mean and horrible, but I was struck by the stereo type included in her comment: Does a teacher's child always need to do their homework (our life is very busy, and this teacher knows that we don't always get around to do it)? Does a teacher's child need to be as good (better?) than other children? Isn't this stereotyping?
I am getting more and more intrigued by stereotyping. I thought of myself as free of stereotypes some time ago, and yet, I hold plenty of them! Where do they come from? Do they change over time and how? What clipart do you want to be represented by and why?
So how about you, how does being an educator influence your parenting, and how does being a parent influence your teaching? to be continued...
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