Stolen from Lisa, who of course went to architecture school, which isn't as obvious a preparation for parenting as an education degree sounds like it would be. But it's not the teaching that prepared me.
1. I know most children's books by heart already and do not make the mistake of buying cruddy children's books that my kids would obviously prefer over Eric Carle and Beverly Cleary and I would want to throw against the wall. I don't have to learn the hard way.
2. There's a lot of playing with blocks in education courses. Already adept.
3. No child will ever be as crass as Jerome, as sad as Elizabeth, as bizarre as Kelly, as needy as Jeffrey. I can handle it.
4. I have a teacher voice. I can be loud without yelling.
5. My brain got to rest for at least 3 years of college, so the first few years with a baby are not surprising in their mind-numbing capacity.
6. I have been coated on other people's bodily fluids so many times, well, it just doesn't upset me too much anymore.
7. I am used to people giving me un-asked-for advice.
8. I have that look. Practiced for a long time before Fiona arrived on the scene. The "I will wither your soul" look.
9. I am used to constant interruption. I thrive on it.
10. I am used to being mocked by people who think they are smarter than I am.