Have you ever worked with children? Do you have little brothers or sisters, have you babysat, or are you employed where you work with children? If any of those are true than you know how rough kids can be. All three of those are true for me. I have three little sisters, I’ve babysat many times before, and I have worked at a daycare/preschool for almost two years now. After working with children so much, I’ve gained a few life lessons that will probably stick with me forever.
I’ve learned that children, sometimes, just need to be alone. I’ve seen countless times when a child has gotten into trouble and all they needed to do was just go and be by themselves but a teacher would try to continually confront the child about the situation. All they need sometime is just to be by themselves. I feel like that is the same for us. We have all of these problems in our lives and we can’t just let go. We have to confront it and make sure its all better but we sometimes we need to step back, relax, and let things go. Or sometimes we are in a situation we can’t really handle and we need to just go be alone ourselves. We need that alone time to let things go, relax, and just ask God to help us out.
Another thing I’ve learned is that working at a preschool is tiring. Kids don’t listen 99.9% of the time, they always want to do there own thing, they think they know whats best for themselves, and they constantly hurt one another in striving to get what they want for themselves. Now what if I took the word “kids” out of the beginning of that last sentence and replaced it with “people”? It makes just as much sense half of the time doesn’t it? There is not a huge difference between adults and children. We think we can do everything ourselves, that we know whats best, but then God looks at us and tells us otherwise and we still don’t listen. How can we possibly know whats best for us? A lot of Christians know that we don’t know what’s best for us, yet we continually to neglect living like that. We need to learn to let go and trust in God.
The most important thing I would say that I learned after working with kids is that sometimes, it can feel hard to love them. I KNOW that sounds terrible but sometimes children can be really mean, they don’t listen, and they don’t want a thing to do with you. I do love every one of the children I work with, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes the just get into so much trouble it’s crazy! Then we have to discipline them, and then we have to tell their parents, and then we have to keep them from doing it again and it’s a never ending cycle of endless effort. This is the SAME thing we do with God. We are childish sometimes. We continually turn away from God and continually fall short. Do you think God thinks that’s very fun? Do you think He has fun constantly calling out to us and constantly seeing us get hurt or hurting one another? It’s not, and yet He loves us with all of His heart. There is no end to God’s love. Working as a teacher has really opened my eyes to that. God really does love us ALL!! And that’s really been on my heart lately.
Working with children has definitely pulled me closer to God. I can now see a SLIGHT glimpse of how God sees us sometimes (but of course I still can’t comprehend His thoughts or His love). Even though I go home exhausted most every day, in the end it is worth it. I get to see innocence at it’s finest, and it get to love that and allow it to be a part of my own life.
(sorry there’s no pictures, it’s illegal for me to have pictures of children from any public daycare/preschool service for anything outside of the daycare/preschool)