I posted the following on my Facebook page:
Being a parent makes me a better teacher, but being a teacher often makes it difficult to be a better parent. Suggestions?
I received many kind words of encouragement and some great feedback. Below is a poignant, funny, and practical comment from friend and fellow blogger, Gina Valley:
Take some time to decompress between work and home so you can make a break between Teacher and Dad. Shoot some hoops. Go for a jog. Have a beer. Blast some rock! Whatever it takes to shift your focus. Then, plan to have the first activity you do at home be a non-teaching opportunity, like wrestling on the floor or walking backward together or throwing wet paper-towels at the shower. -Gina Valley
With all the advice in mind, including Gina’s, I took some time after school to unwind. When I pulled into the driveway I finished listening to “For Those About to Rock” before I left my car.
My son was waiting at the window, watching and waving as I approached our front door. When I opened the door, my daughter was waiting at the top of the stairs; my son joined her soon after. They were chanting, “Daddy’s home! Daddy’s home! Daddy’s home!” Perfection.