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The Teacher Needs A Teacher

Cathy Cassani AdamsEarly yesterday morning I taught my college students. We talked about how they need to take care of themselves so they can best utilize their skills.

In the middle of the day I worked with elementary school students. We talked about how important it is for them to appreciate who they are and make themselves a priority.

At night, I worked with a group of preadolescent girls and we discussed their value and worth and why their most important job is self care.

In between each event I dropped my kids off or picked them up, I made meals, I helped with homework, I cleaned up.

At 9:30 p.m. I sat in front of my computer, ready to read email and “catch up” on everything I had missed, when my 9-year-old daughter came up behind me. 

“Mom, I have something I have to show you.”

“Can it wait until morning?”

“No.”

So I followed my daughter up the stairs and she walked me into my bedroom. She pointed to my bed and said, “Mom, this is your bed, it needs you.”

I began to laugh and recite all of all the things undone, and she said, “Just wash your face and I’ll get you a water.”

So I listened.

I got into bed, with things incomplete, but also surprised at how quickly it all seemed minor, how in reality, all of it could wait.

Then I hugged my daughter and said thank you, and she took her bear, turned off the light and put herself to bed.

Sometimes the teacher needs a teacher. (Tweet-worthy!)

Love,

Cathy

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Cathy Cassani Adams, LCSW, CPC, is the author of The Self-Aware Parent, the host of Zen Parenting Radio, a columnist for Chicago Parent Magazine, and a blogger for Chicago Now. She’s a self-awareness teacher and yoga instructor in her community, and she teaches in the Sociology Department at Dominican University. Find Cathy on Facebook (The Self-Aware Parent or Zen Parenting Radio) and on Twitter (@selfawareparent or @zenparenting) and on her website www.cathycadams.com.

  • Kim

    Yes, sometimes its exactly what we need and it comes often in the greatest and most unexpected ways and packages. Thanks for sharing this great story with us.

    • Cathy

      Agreed! They always surprise me (I have 3 girls). Love that they notice when I’m not practicing what I preach… thanks for reading. :)

  • Andy Morel

    Just beautiful Cathy. My Kids have been (and continue to be) awesome teachers for me. Much love. Andy

    • Cathy

      Thank you Andy! Yes, they are definitely my mirror, and I’m very thankful. Thanks for reading!

  • http://www.facebook.com/niloocoaching Niloo @ Personal Growth and Re

    What a sweet kid!!! <3

    • Cathy

      Indeed! She’s a feeler. :)

  • Kelly Pietrangeli

    Love it! Yes indeed, our kids are often our best teachers x