Working in the Early Childhood Field can be Rewarding and Frustrating

Working in the Early Childhood Field can be rewarding and frustrating.

I have been in the Early Childhood Field for almost 30 years. I’ve had really exciting times with my students, and days where I second guessed my professional decision to be a preschool teacher.

One year I would have an amazing group of students, and the next year, I would have 7 or 8 challenging students. It was like getting on a roller coaster for the first time.

I’m a big advocate on getting the parents involved in their child’s education, but I wasn’t always like that. I was one of those teachers that tried to do it all. This caused a tremendous amount of stress on me. I had to realize that I wasn’t the students’ parent, I was their teacher, and it wasn’t my responsibility to change their behavior it was a team effort.

I’ve dealt with parents that thought because I was a preschool teacher, they didn’t have to follow the expectations of the classroom, and that they could do whatever they wanted to do. Once I cleared that up, I had no more issues.

I loved seeing the excitement in my students’ face when they mastered something that we had been working on, or when they tried something new, and screamed “I did it!” Those were the most amazing times. I like seeing them working hard in each center concentrating on something that interest them, but I also loved the sounds of the classroom, students laughing and talking. I was never one that demanded a quiet classroom, I like the controlled chaos.

The artwork that they gave me was the best! They worked so hard on it, but then handed it to me and said, ” Ms. Darla, this is for you.” It melted my heart. What a special gift to receive.

I’m no longer teaching, even though I loved it, and still do. I just didn’t enjoy the ups and downs of the centers. It wasn’t the students or parents, it was the lack of support from upper-management, and the stigma that if you couldn’t handle challenging students without support, then you were either a bad teacher, or the field wasn’t right for you.

I don’t regret my decision to work in the Early Childhood Field. I loved it! I just got tired 😊 I will never leave, I’m just doing something different.

This is a little bit about my story, tell me about your story.

✨Darla the Teacher ✨

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One year I would have an amazing group of students, and the next year, I would have 7 or 8 challenging students. It was like getting on a roller coaster for the first time.
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  1. That’s So True about the childcare field, you have good and bad days, love this and I was in childcare centers for 40+ years and loved it. 2 years ago I got the chance to move from Phoenix, Arizona to Southern Utah to take care of my 3 and 5 year old grandsons and I finally jumped at it and now I am a family childcare provider and don’t have to worry about upper management!!! I wish I had moved a long time ago!!! We learn by our mistakes!!!

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