I love the stage of life that my daughters are in right now. They are 11 and 13, and my wife Kristin and I are blessed to have two amazing girls that are bright, well mannered, funny, creative, and actually want to hang out with us. (They are also beautiful, but that might not be a blessing for me as we enter these teenage years.)
The truth is, I really selfishly do not want this age to end. I want my kids to be around my wife and I because I love their company and the joy they bring to our lives. But I also recognize that I want to see the people they become as adults. The careers they choose, the family they build and the future they create. I am content and happy with them now, but I am not satisfied with keeping them this age. I want them to reach a point where they do not need me anymore.
This is my heart as a parent and as a teacher. I love the discussions I have with my students and the learning going on in our classroom. I love the interactions and the insights they have. But if that is all they ever have, all they ever learn, then I am not satisfied for them.
I want my students to grow to the point where they do not need me guiding them anymore.
True growth, I believe, lies in gaining independence. That is the goal of parenting. That is the goal I have for my own professional and personal growth.
That is the goal we should have for education.
Content, but never satisfied.
I teach Psychology, Sociology, Communication Applications and Debate at College Station High School, as well as coach the debate team and co-sponsor Student Council. I am an aspiring administrator.