This is a topic I wanted to cover long ago. However I waited until I got my own child and my feelings and beliefs were confrimed.
Yes, I believe that every woman should gain some working experience as a kindergarten teacher. This is a strong statement and I am sure many people would not only be surprised but also react negative to it. Let me give my arguments based on my personal experience and observations.
About 10 years back I was lucky enough to work as a kindergarten teacher in one international school (children 4-6), which I still consider the most outstanding and enriching experience in my career – even though since last 6 years I hold managerial positions and now heading towards a company director. And who knows, may be it was that childcare experience which in fact boosted my career?
Throughout a history when people used to have big families women /girls have helped in the household and in the childcare for their own sisters and brothers. These days are gone in the civilized society. Today thanks to the epidemic of adult infantilism, more and more grown-ups consider having children a burden. There are various reasons for that child-phobia but one of the reasons is simply lack of experience.
I believe it is a great experience to work with a group of children (not one or two!) for several reasons:
1. Being in charge of at least 10 children is the best ATTENTION training you can ever get. Small children, especially before age of 6 are extremely active and curious, they easily spread around, everyone busy with his/her own stuff. But surprise, surprise — at some point you will understand that it is easier to manage 10 children than one! 🙂
2. It is not at all easy to make a group of small children follow you. Especially Western children, they are mostly over-active and have bad attention (Asian children are somewhat better off in these terms). The biggest trick here is to gain a certain power which helps you to keep the situation under control. And the secret is: awaken your innocence. These little kids are best controlled by their own power – the power of INNOCENCE! Today it is a huge problem for the adults because they lack innocence and even don’t know what it is. That is why working with little ones can awaken this fantastic power (read more about it in my other post here). Once your innocence is back, you will have no problems in life!
3. And finally – taking care of many children you will learn how to LOVE all of them! This is a crucial ability because one of the worst things in the world is the attachment of a mother to her own child. Why not love ALL? When I was working with that group of kids, I was totally in love with all of them, children of different origin and race… Some people told me “wait until you get your own, you will see the love for your own child is different” …now when I have my angel I can only reply – “nonsense” I have the same love for her as for that dear kids whom I had 10 years back. I belive LOVE, if this is the true love, then it is always same. How can love be different?
Thus, my recommendation to intelligent women of today – if you have a chance to work somewhere as a kindergarten teacher, or at least to take care of several children at a time, even for some months – go for it and enjoy this tremendous chance of awakening /strengthening your feminine and human powers!