Right now I work with kids ages 6-12 and my favorite part about this job is watching them discover new things. It's amazing what I've learned from them and what I've learned about myself through the process. I say process because I've gone through a series of expectations, assumptions, realizations, and am now am in acceptance. I came into this job expecting that I'd immediately feel unchallenged. I assumed I'd just be babysitting without a real chance to make an impact. I've been used to working on a project, see it through, celebrate, and then move on to the next challenge. You can't exactly do this with kids.
These children are my mirror 5 days out of the week. If I don't feel 100% about the directions I'm giving, they won't either and I'll get a full on protest. They smell fear like they smell the popcorn machine from the multipurpose room. If my eyes even slightly reflect the trials and tribulations in life that they yet have to deal with, (God bless them), they will put their arms around me and tell me that I look sad today. If I put on too much blush they will examine me carefully, shake their head and say, "Too much make-up." They are brutally honest and painfully adorable. Being outnumbered in a room full of children is a humbling experience. Accepting that I under-thought this task is hard because it's not like I can "reply all" to an email with a correction but, I can start with a new attitude from here on out. Don't get me wrong, it is a lot of babysitting but it doesn't have to feel like it if you go in ready to innovate and inspire. Challenge accepted.