I've been told by many teachers that teaching is "exactly" like parenthood, and it freaks me out! Some go as far to say that teaching is even easier than parenthood. I don't have children but we are planning on starting a family later this year, and these comments terrify me. I come home exhausted from work every day. My students are 9th and 10th graders ("remedial" students), and all day I tell them to stop this, stop that, put this down, etc. They talk back and are rude to each other, and whenever I write them up or send them out, I get an earful.
When I tell this to people who have children, they smirk and tell me how much harder it will be when I have a two year old all day. I can't imagine that a two year old (or even a few) could be more draining and less rewarding than disrespectful teenagers. I know it's more constant work, instead of an hour each day with certain kids, but aren't there more redeeming moments in being with a baby than being around 100 teenagers?
Is being a parent really similar to teaching? Because if it is, I have some thinking to do!