I felt like I have seen every sickness in the book as a teacher- nosebleeds, throwing up, loose teeth, fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and everything in between… Until LO got sick for the first time. Nothing quite prepares you for that. All she wanted in the world was to be held by me. And of course, I obliged. But I felt like I should be doing more. I’m used to sending children down to the school nurse if needed. But there’s no school nurse at home. Sure, i can take her to the pediatrician, but they couldn’t do much more than wait out the fever and tell me to give her lukewarm baths and fever reducers like baby Tylenol and baby Advil. LO acted so different than usual. She just wasn’t herself. And of course, instead of being rational about it, I started worrying if she would ever go back to her old self.
Thankfully, it took just a few days and my sweet, smiling baby was back.
I realized that some of my readers may not know the abbreviations used on this blog so here’s a list:
LO = little one (my one year old daughter)
DH = dear husband
This is my eighth year teaching. I have 18 seven and eight year old students in my classroom and a one year old at home.
I have been a teacher longer than I have been a mother, but I feel like I was born to be a mommy. My daughter is the light of my life. That being said, I have found recently that raising a baby gives me insight into my teaching that I never had before. It’s amazing to be able to see the way we all develop into independent adults from step one.
In teaching, there is a buzz word we use often – the “teachable moment”. With a baby, every moment is a teachable moment.
I’m a teacher mommy. A mommy first, but with a knowledge of working with children in a classroom setting. I will be capturing all of those teachable moments on this blog, along with some tips for how to work with your child at home. And that doesn’t have to include crafts… this is the age when people can look at a million websites about how to create a needlepoint, embroidered, crafty something. If you are one of those moms, I applaud you. I wish I could do that. But that is not me. I am creative in other ways. That’s not to say the crafts may not wind up on this blog, but I will be including tons of other ideas too. Multiple Intelligences!