As one of my New Year’s Resolutions I intend to write more on this blog. That’s the idea, anyways. We’ll see how it pans out. And hopefully a few golden nuggets will emerge. This all started as a way to practice writing, to hopefully improve, and to experiment with different themes and styles. Above all, it has been an exercise to help me FINISH something. A blog, I thought. Perfect. Keep it short and sweet. Now if I can only increase the number of posts, and market myself a little more…
A big thank you to all of my readers out there. Your comments and feedback are very much appreciated, and motivate me to write more and mo’ better. That’s what it’s all about, for me, to make that connection.
2011 begins with me returning to the Stay-At-Home Dad fold. After working part-time for awhile in an after school program, I called it quits. Too overwhelming. I worked with kindergartners all day, and when I returned home to my lovely family, I was too stressed out to appreciate them, instead berating them for not doing what I asked. (cue Rodney Dangerfield: “No respect, I tell ya’, no respect!”)
Initially, I was extremely excited to be standing in the grand foyer of our school system, where a gentle indoctrination occurs. However, after a few months of resolving playground battles, mishaps, and misunderstandings, and declaring for the 30th time that only one snack would be issued per child, no matter how much they begged and pleaded, I reluctantly let go of my lofty ideals and became resigned to the fact that this was not a teaching job, per se, but a serious management position.
I tried in my own small way to liven things up. I drew custom mazes for them. I played cool music. I discovered that kindergartners make the BEST magic show audience. They are completely amazed at anything you do. And this is what kept me coming back for more. They are so sweet, so innocent, so wonderful, so refreshing. They empowered me, just as my own daughter has (who is, coincidentally, now in kindergarten).
And so I take a few lessons away with me from this experience, the main one being that “After school” is not the same as “During school”. My hats off to all of the kindergarten teachers out there, nurturing and warm, and to all teachers out there in general. Teaching is hard work. It’s like giving presentations on a variety of topics, non-stop, for 5-6 hours. You got to work the room. And teachers still don’t get the respect in this country that they should, as in other countries, and this is often reflected in their pay.
But people who work in After School programs are real heroes as well. For many of these children, the after school staff are with the children just as long as the teachers, and often more than the parents, at half the salary. They are extremely important in the development of a child’s character. They guide them, inspire them, give them direction, teach them discipline, and deserve more recognition from the world.
So there you have it. I wish you all a fruitful 2011! Gung Hay Fat Choy!
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 14 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 35 posts. There were 29 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 45 views. The most popular post that day was Through The Looking Glass: Part III.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were rebeldad.com, http://www.seekingmylife.com, networkedblogs.com, blogger.com, and eastbaydads.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for through the looking glass, looking glass, alice through the looking glass, dadda, and through the looking-glass.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Through The Looking Glass: Part III November 2009
about March 2008
Toy Story September 2010
Dad Books January 2010
resources April 2008