Tuesday, September 4, 2012

please don't treat me like I'm an idiot (from a gifted kid as an adult)

Sometimes it seems when one chooses to be a stay-at-home mom, other professionals treat her like an idiot. So much for progress and the women's liberation movement. Today a (female) medical professional felt the need to explain to me what "modeling to your child" is. 

Yes, thank you, Doctor. I could actually write a book on modeling to children. I realize that it is when you show a child what he/she should do. I know you are not implying that I need to walk down a runway and get my picture taken.

But I did not say that. I just nodded and smiled politely, wishing I could whip out my degrees for her to see.  I am now considering attaching my test scores every time I am at a medical appointment for either of my children. They will have access to exams ranging from my grade school years of ITBS to my ISLLC/SLLA exam, which I rocked, I might add.  I will also add the following information:

I chose to go to a small Christian school.
I chose to go into the field of education.
I choose each day to be a stay-at-home mom.
I could have done something else.
I could do something else.
Instead, for this season and for a variety of reasons, I am in this role.
Most days I love it.
And I rock at it, too. 
But please do not treat me like an uneducated buffoon.

I blame my years in self-contained gifted classes for my knee-jerk reaction of wanting to prove how smart I am to the world.  Thanks for letting me vent.

sixth grade me


  1. I love that picture. You are SO CUTE!

    And I sort of want you to prove it too. ARG!

    1. Ha! Thanks. I think they would hotline my kids if I said to some (not all) doctors what I really want to say.
      And I think this is one of three "decent" school/yearbook pictures. You've seen the ones from my teaching career - that gives you a glimpse of my photogenicness of middle school and high school. :)

  2. LOL I love this!! Thought I don't have kids yet, I desire to be a stay at home mom.....I WANT to do it and it has nothing to do with how much education I have, either, though I have a fair amount and am still working on more! So I "get" your sentiments here!! Sorry for the frustration but the vent helped me feel good when I read it!! :) And kudos to you for being a stay at home mom....your "job" is just as important as any other if not more. Cute photo!!


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