January 3, 2018

**Special thanks to Amanda and Rachel, a former co-worker and my former director at a center, for allowing me to post pictures from when I taught their beautiful girls.**

A few years ago, I got into it with someone--mistakenly, I assumed we were kidding around as I laughingly made up stupid insults, whereas he was seriously lobbing verbal grenades my way. One cutting remark he made sticks with me. "You teach preschool kids because you can't handle being a real teacher."

Re-reading those words now still makes me want to throw a chair at his head...and I'm someone who feels bad killing spiders! As a now-former preschool teacher, I, nor the millions of other early childhood teachers out there, chose that profession because we couldn't handle anything else. Let's be clear: very few can handle it. Sixteen children in a classroom bawling all at once because a fire alarm terrified them out of nap? Corralling fifteen children under the age of 18 months to participate in activities designed...

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