Teaching Tots

For past few weeks, I’ve been training to be a Nursery Teacher each Sunday – I love children of all ages, but there is something special about 12 months to 2 years.

They are so innocent, so cute, so openly cuddly – being in that room for an hour makes me long for another baby!  I absolutely love playing with them, I get a high from loving on them, teaching them.  Who knew??  Of course I love my son, I love playing and teaching him, but to me that’s different… he’s mine.  I had no idea I’d feel the same way about other children – children I’ve never met until that moment.

When I was an ambitious & determined, full-time working mom in the research industry only a few months ago, every time I’d go to my son’s school to pick him up, the 3 and 4 year olds would surround me and talk to me, stare into my face and tell me I looked “preeetty,” that they loved my hair.  Some of the little girls would actually reach out and touch my blonde hair and play with it, or pretend to brush it.  I love children.  Maybe I missed my calling lol.

Fast forward to now, being my son’s “teacher,” he loves having me all to himself.

When I started this home-schooling thing with him a couple of months ago, he laughed and decided I was his “Miss Mommy.”  When I was just a little older than him (4 or 5?) I remember clearly thinking my parents were robots – there for me and me alone.  My son isn’t that way at all!  He’s completely aware of the fact that I’m human, he’s known my name now for almost a year (he asked when he was a little over 2 1/2)!  I didn’t know my parents were real people, much less that they actually had names.

My son & I LOVE playing the most ridiculous songs and dancing around the house – it’s impossible to not have fun when you’re teaching a child.  Or when jamming out to one of my favorite fellow Jews, Sacha Baron Cohen’s I like to Move It, if you have kids you MUST have them listen to this!

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Christmas Eve: Wisdom

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“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
 
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
 
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
 
I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”
 
I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
 
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
 
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
 
I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
 
I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
 
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
 
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou