being there

Sometimes I wonder why teachers and child-care providers get so little respect. Is it because it seems so simple to just show up and be there? Is it because as a child-care provider changing diapers and spooning food into hungry mouths doesn't take "much"?
I have learnt a few things in the past months...
Being there is not the same as being present and accessible on every level.
It's not about having time; it's about what we do with our time.
It's letting go of  preconceptions about life, and adapting to the rhythm of everything around you, because kids need that.
It's about expecting the unexpected; making way for new ideas - evolving.
It's about trusting in the child's ability to see the world from a purely selfish reality and understanding that this is growth.
It's about holding back, and taking charge simultaneously - as each child needs something different.
It's about letting go, and understanding that direction is gently swaying and coaxing - not manipulating and pushing.
...there's still so much to learn. They are pretty good teachers.

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