I've been around children my entire life, from younger cousins to babysitting jobs to teaching positions. Everyone in my life knows that I'm passionate about working with kids, for good reason. It's the kind of work that sticks with you way after you clock out.

Here are 6 signs that you work in one of the most challenging yet rewarding fields.

1. You accidentally sing the Kidz Bop lyrics of a song


Stop. Wait a minute. Fill my cup put some water in it!

2. You have a cold every other week


No matter how careful you are, getting sneezed on is inevitable. You worship Dayquil like a god.

3. Attention grabbers are your best friend


The power of "one, two, three, eyes on me!" is astounding.

4. You find yourself thinking more positive


It's important that you speak to children with positivity and warmth, and there's a good chance you'll find that sort of language sneaking into your every day life. On more than one occasion I’ve forgotten to do something and called myself a silly goose.

5. You've learned to be incredibly patient


Despite our best efforts, sometimes children just don't want to listen. Therefore, it's often necessary to take a deep breath, stay calm, and think of a new solution.

6. You love your job more than anything


You know that going into work will always be interesting, and you get to meet some pretty cool little people along the way.

I've gotten to know some amazing children over the years, and seeing them grow and reach their potential is one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer. I can't wait to see what the future has to hold for all the children I work with!