One expects academic challenges. And the difficulties inherent in wearing too many hats (i.e., rushed meal preparations; messy floors; paperwork, ironing and correspondence all piling up). It is no surprise that it is a challenge trying to keep all the plates spinning without any crashing to the ground. Some days can really bring you to your knees--which is what God wants anyway--and only bring a smile to your lips in retrospect. What public or private school teacher ever had to deal with the following?
1) Trying to set out the day's work while holding a nursing infant.
2) Trying to maintain quiet during math drills as a 3 and 4 year-old bounce on the living room sofa and shriek in glee.
3) Trying to assist a sixth grader with math while the 3 year old repeatedly takes off his shorts to parade around butt-naked.
4) Giving a spelling quiz with a baby in a carrier, while pouring juice for the 3 year-old who has both legs in one leg-hole of his shorts.
I won't even mention diaper changes, potty training and the like. As a friend of mine who used to teach in an actual classroom, and who now schools her own kids at home said, "The difference between teaching in a classroom and teaching my own kids is that at school my students actually liked me."
It's been a long morning...