We've all been there. We've all had those moments of peak frustration over a kid that just won't listen, regardless of how many times/ways you ask. We've had those moments of wanting to leave and never come back. But we've also had the moments that we wouldn't trade for the world.

Working with kids is complicated, but luckily for us, Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing is the perfect companion for those moments.

1. Sometimes the kids just don't want to get along with each other.

2. Sometimes they don't want to get along with you.

3. They'll try to argue, and you'll have to *logically* lay out for them why you're right and they're wrong.

4. You'll be amazed at your ability to stick around.

5. But there will be times when you just need a little space.

6. There will be times when you can't see the value in any of it.

7. You might feel personally victimized along the way.

8. But it's about more than that. You'll feel the need to teach them something, anything.

9. And when they do learn, you'll feel a sense of victory like nothing else.

10. They may even surprise you with a token of their appreciation, and you'll be overwhelmed.

11. But that doesn't mean you won't have to suffer through their jokes.

12. Or have days where it seems like everything is going wrong.

13. But despair not, for there are those moments that make everything worth it.


May we embrace those moments as they come. Sure, kids can be sticky and whiny and stubborn and obnoxious. But it all goes away when they come running up to you for a smile and a hug.

(Besides, their parents need a break at some point. Someone has got to watch them.)