I have read some recent articles about Why/Why not to date a teacher recently. They are entertaining and quite accurate. It’s had me thinking and I’ve decided to write my own take on it.
The Realities of Dating a Teacher
-My work day goes well beyond 8-4. In actuality, I will get to school early and leave a little before dinner. I will come home and spend another hour or two on work. Weekends are spent with hours of planning for the next week. I will most likely need you to remind me that IT CAN WAIT. However, if you even mention how teachers are so lucky because they have summers off or elementary teachers only color all day, you can show yourself the door.
-I LOVE these kids! Even on their most frustrating days, I still love these little guys. You can’t help it when you are someone who spends so much time and has such a big impact on their lives. Be prepared for student quotes, pictures, and the expectation that you know my kids and their stories when I mention their names.
-Despite all of the love, some kids are pretty unforgettable, for better or worse. Therefore, should we decide to have kids, picking out names will be a difficult process. Many choices have already been eliminated.
-I am a very independent, strong-willed woman. This may or may not be related to teaching. In the classroom, I am the one completely in charge. Most days I go through the day in charge of these 22 little lives with absolutely no interference from anybody else. Our success or failure is dependent on my plans, my mood, and my ability to adapt. Therefore, I do not shy away from being in charge. I need someone who is willing to keep up. I need someone with ambition and goals for the future that match the same caliber as my own. And yet, I need a man to balance me out. Be prepared for me to be independent but know that on the inside I am still a softy and appreciate not always having to take charge. Everyone once in a while it is nice for someone else to put out all of the fires, come to my rescue, and sweep me off my feet.
-You will be asked to cut lamination, color signs, or grade papers at some point during our relationship. Thank you in advance for your help! And yes, all this stuff does take WAY more time than you realized.
-Lastly, teaching is stressful. It is physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting. There are days I will want to celebrate the joys and days I need to cry over the frustration. I don’t expect you to understand it all and I definitely am not looking for a solution. I AM looking for someone who is willing to listen to my stories. I need someone who will give me 5-10 minutes when I first get home to get everything off my chest from the day before moving on with my night. I need your support and understanding. We are going through this journey as a team, stand by my side as we go on this ride.
Well, that’s that. My own personal pros and cons of dating a teacher.
Here are the articles that inspired my own post.
15 Reasons to Date a Teacher: http://www.eharmony.com/dating-advice/dating/15-reasons-to-date-a-teacher/#.VOPzxY3wtYc
10 Reasons Not to Date a Girl Who Teaches: http://acrucialweek.blogspot.com/2014/10/10-reasons-not-to-date-girl-who-teaches.html
Don’t Take a Girl Who Teaches: http://www.loveteachblog.com/2013/11/dont-date-girl-who-teaches.html