Sunday, March 25, 2012
It's all about the kids...
Because of my full-time job, I spend a lot of time with children between the ages of 5-12. It's probably the number one reason why I like my job so much.
I love the adults at work too, I am fortunate to work for a hard-working principal, and a group of dedicated teachers and support staff.
But the kids are what really make me love my job. It's not easy being a kid these days, especially if your family life is not so great. Through my job, everyday I see the struggles that kids must face, when they really have no control or choice over their own lives. While I encounter many wonderful parents who clearly put their kids first, I also see a lot who don't.
And it makes me sad. Part of me wants to take a kid home with me everyday. Of course I can't, but I see so many childre nwho could wind up so much better off if they were just in a better environment. Some of these kids might have little or no chance at success in their lives solely because of the people who are raising them.
And with all the hardship around, the agencies that are here to protect children, must pick and choose when they can intervene. The standards I have and what I think parenting should be, is far higher than what is considered acceptable parenting by child protective services.
Many times I feel helpless, all I can do is show them kindness, listen to them, and try to make them smile. I wish I could take them all home and give them every opportunity in the world.
After a busy and stressful week at work, that included a home visit with my boss, and two nights out during the week, I made it a point to find some time this weekend to have a little fun. Now my fun may seem simple, but anything that lets me relax and makes me smile does the trick for me.
Saturday night, after a long day on my feet selling prom dresses, I de-stressed at Barnes & Noble with my daughter, drinking coffee and browsing through my favorite magazines and cookbooks.
Today we saw The Lorax, a sweet movie with a beautiful message for kids and adults. It was just what I needed to round out my weekend. A homemade dinner and glass of wine has me ready to face another busy week.
Wishing you Peace and Happy thoughts,