According to abcnews.com teachers ranked #4 in the most stressful jobs and #1 was working parents. Suppose you are both! Will you talk me off the ledge please – geez! When I read that I literally felt like I was going to throw up.
Now add on the school counselor piece. You not only teach but your job also consists of hearing stories from young children that saddens you to the core. Bullying, poverty, crime, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, pain, bruises, burns, basically you name it and I have dealt with it. It is a tough world out there and I see it everyday. Many times when I tell people the city I work in they look at me like I am crazy. I usually get “Why would you work there?” or “Are you looking to leave?” – trust me there are days I ask myself those questions too. But then I walk into my building and the hugs I get from my students and the smiles make those thoughts fade into the darkness. The students need positive role models and they have them at my school. I work with a staff that truly cares about our students. We give hugs, tie shoes and try to give what many do not have – a sense of family. With family comes worry. I donate as much as I can to my school from my own children but the thoughts of worry never stop. On weekends, nights and the long holiday breaks that teachers love but the students hate because how will they get fed. Just today I had a student in my small group counseling who stated her low was that she didn’t have food last night to eat. As I sit here writing this post I wonder about my students and what they are doing right now. We hear and see too much but that is what comes with the profession…..brain, stop, please and let me sleep.
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