(I teach remedial English at a community college.)
Each semester I get a new group of students, which brings a new batch of personalities and background stories. It's not like elementary teachers who are occasionally sad to see their students go each year- I'm more than happy for them to go bye-bye because it means I get a break and get to meet new students next semester.
This semester I have a decent sized group and by the 4th day I had all their names memorized (yet some of them still pronounce my name wrong.) I always have an assignment the first day where the students have to give me a short bio about what they think I should know about them.
I am very impressed because this semester and last fall I have had three students in particular who are single moms and they work harder at my class than most of the other students. They each have more than one. It impressed me because I hear so many moms say that they can't go back to school or they can't finish school because they have children at home. One of the most important things I think that a mother can teach her child is that you don't have to give up on life to become a parent. It's okay to devote a crap ton of time to your children, but you don't have to give up on what makes you happy or your dreams.
I myself finished my bachelor's degree when my daughter was 3 and my son was 1. Currently I am teaching and taking 3 grad classes so I can finish what little I have left of my MA. Right now my children are 6,4 and two months. I'm not gloating or trying to talk myself up, but I'm proof that your kids are not in the way of school. Just like these three girls I'm referring to are achieving their goals. I love seeing their drive and hearing them say that they are doing it to give their children better lives. In a world where it's so easy to live off the government and not work, it's great to see young girls who want more for themselves and don't just give up or become lazy.
Random off topic musing: It bugs me when I make a joke and some of my students don't laugh or smile. I think I have three students who have yet to crack a smile... it irks me... are they robots or do they think all teachers are nerds?
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