Hi, I'm Greg & I am an Early Childhood Teacher from Australia. I write a blog called Males in Early Childhood which you can find by clicking here.
The title of this post may be a bit misleading. I am referring to those who teach & are parents, not parents being taught. Earlier in the year I published a series of posts about the similarities & differences between being a father & being an early childhood educator. This will be an abridged version of those 6 posts.
I became a parent before I became a teacher, at least professionally. We all teach in one form or another from time to time, whether it be teaching someone the ropes in their new job or how to tie their shoe laces. Becoming a parent was the proudest day of my life & I had to learn a whole new set of skills which meant I was of being taught by my baby.
This is a very important point as almost anyone who has had children would testify, you learn something new about them all the time, not to mention often something about yourself. As an early childhood professional I realise the formative years of a child's life are the most important for their growth & development, but it can also be a time when children can teach us the most - about themselves, the world around us & ourselves.
As my children have grown the way they interact with me & their attitude towards me have changed, especially my teenage daughter. However, I believe I still have some lessons to teach them & they definitely are able to teach me a thing or two. What I have come to realise is that being a parent has made me a better teacher & teaching young children has improved my parenting.
Early childhood education and care can be a stressful and challenging career, yet the rewards you get from it are, to me, only surpassed by the benefits of being a parent. So whether you teach young children, older children, adolescents, are a parent or none of the above, at some point in your life you are likely to teach someone some new skills and/or knowledge. If you can take something away from the experience that has helped you grow as well than I believe you've done your job well.
With that in mind I would like to think I'm doing a decent job as a father & a respectable one as a teacher. If I am right then I will be leaving this world in some good hands for the future.