Parents love their kids, but most of them will admit their offspring, at a certain age, can be a little … weird. Young kids are chock full of strange impulses and behaviors that make raising them a strange and unpredictable journey.
Parents can admit that it’s nice that, for a few hours every day, kids are somebody else’s problem.
Yes, schools bear some of the burden of raising our children, leaving parents everywhere to wonder how exactly those poor teachers keep their sanity. One mom knows firsthand just how odd her child can be and what his preschool teacher must deal with on a daily basis … so she wrote an online tribute to these unsung heroes.
“This is a shout-out to all preschool teachers. I truly cannot imagine the things you must see.”
The homage was written by a mother named Karen Johnson, who runs her own parenting blog called “The 21st Century SAHM” (stay at home mom).
She recalled one particularly hectic morning of trying to get her young son to preschool.
“I told my 4 year old to get in the car, but he hadn’t had breakfast yet. So I threw a cheese stick at him in the backseat (as all good mothers do); and told him to make sure he had it all eaten by the time we got to school.”
Of course, that simple breakfast solution didn’t go according to plan.
“Only after he hopped out and skipped happily into the building did I see it—from across the school lawn, a glimpse of a his chubby little hand; holding a white, slimy cheese stick that he’d been holding for 10 minutes, and never ate.”
“He walked right into school with it.”
But that was just the first cringe-worthy incident of the morning.
Her son also had show-and-tell that morning, and he had to bring in an item beginning with the letter “S.” Mom tried to help him, offering plenty of perfectly fine items beginning with S.
“I tried to get him to take his sister’s stuffed animal sloth for show and tell. I suggested a Skylander. And a soccer ball.”
But her son insisted on bringing one particularly gross item to class for show and tell that day: a dirty sock.
Of course, mom didn’t want her son to take in the dirty sock any more than she wanted him to take the melting cheese stick. But there’s only so much you can do.
“Please know that I try,” she wrote. “There are only so many battles this mama can fight.”
But ultimately, she just praises his preschool teacher—and preschool teachers everywhere—for their endless compassion and understanding.
“Thank you for taking him, just as he is. For taking all of us. For loving him. For teaching him. For letting him throw his uneaten breakfast away and for saying, ‘Yes, sock DOES start with S! Good job!'”
“I don’t know how or why you do it, but love you.”
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