You Are A Good Parent

Photo by Sai De Silva

 

Being a good educator is difficult.

Being a good parent is even more difficult.

Being both sometimes seems damn near impossible.

The juggling act that parents who are educators must perform is very tricky and often leads to guilt that never seems to go away. We engage in negative self-talk and we constantly beat ourselves up. We often believe that we are bad parents and we compare ourselves to mythical-fictional parents that don’t really exist.

Well, it is time to hear from parents that do exist. Parents who I admire. Parents who are educators. Parents who, like you and I, have made mistakes but are still good. It’s time we stop beating ourselves up and it’s time we start realizing how good we really are.

I promise, you will feel better after listening to each of the four educators below. Listen to 1 a day. Listen to them all at once. However you decide to break it up, just promise me one thing: at some point this year, you will listen to all four educators. You’re gonna feel better and you’re gonna remind yourself that you are a good parent.

Melissa Nixon

Melissa is a mother of two. She has been a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, a district administrator and an adjunct professor. Click the image below to hear her talk about handling guilt (just 10 minutes).

Dwight Carter

Dwight is a father of one. He has been a classroom teacher, an assistant principal, a principal and is currently an effectiveness coach. Click the image below to hear Dwight talk about 2 events that shook him to his core and caused him to rethink how he plans his days to be a better father (just 11 minutes).

Amy Heavin

Amy is a mother of three. She has been a teacher, an assistant principal and a principal. Click the image below to hear how Amy became so overwhelmed with her job that she forgot something that she hopes to never forget again (just 9 minutes).

Jethro Jones

Jethro is a father of four. He has been a teacher, an assistant principal and a principal. Click the image below to hear what his daughter said to him that crushed him and led to him readjusting his priorities (Just 7 minutes).


My hope is that after listening to one or all four of the parents above you realize that you are not alone and that you are a good parent. If you enjoy pieces like the one above and want to feel better soon then you should sign up for my newsletter. It is always filled with tips, strategies and advice for educators not feeling their best. Click the link below to subscribe.

 

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