Lessons Learned as a Tutor: Inspired to Write by The Venue on 35th

Today's post details all the cities I've tutored in and the lessons I've learned in each place by observing my students, their parents, and their dynamics as a family. Because as much as I taught these kiddos and helped their families, I have learned so much from them in return. Tutoring is my biggest gift to the world around me, and the biggest blessing in my life.

During my most recent trip to Norfolk, my boyfriend and I went to an open mic event held on Monday nights at The Venue on 35th, near the Freemason District.

I absolutely loved the intimacy of the venue (haha get it?!) as well as the open mic event specifically. I felt so cozy and welcome and was surprised at how open everyone was in sharing their private thoughts and struggles. I was, perhaps, even more surprised by how supportive the audience was towards every performer. Even the younger performers who were visibly nervous were supported through their fumbles enthusiastically.

One of the biggest takeaways of my night at The Venue on 35th was the reminder that writing can be such a liberating form of self-expression. Whether you’re feeling resentment, love, shame, anger, or growth, your words don’t have to rhyme or fit a certain rhythm in order to convey a beautiful or useful message.

And so, I hope you’ll humor me with today’s post. It details all the cities I’ve tutored in and the lessons I’ve learned in each place by observing my students, their parents, and their dynamics as a family. Because as much as I taught these kiddos and helped their families, I have learned so much from them in return. While I don’t yet have children of my own, I hope to take these lessons and incorporate them into my own family as best as I can.

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It’s in a unique style of writing I’ve never published on StephanieCristi before, though one I observed, when I attended this open mic event, to be absolutely beautiful in its simplicity. I hope I am able to do it justice.

Parenting Lessons Learned as a Tutor

Miami, FL

Their academic goals may be a little unorthodox. Support them anyway.

Palmetto Bay, FL

Being a homebody is great, but be sure to foster positive social skills as well.

West Hollywood, CA

A house messy with crayons, crafting, and half-built puzzles is far more beautiful than a pristine catalog-worthy home.

China via Skype to Miami

Smiles, hearts, and silly faces transcend any language barriers.

West Hollywood, CA

Treat your children with respect and they will likely step up to the plate.

Miami, FL

Don’t give up on them.

Miami, FL

Positive sibling relationships are worth their weight in gold.

Miami, FL

Sometimes you just have to be open and level with them. It may be exactly what they need.

Miami, FL

A little silliness and laughter go a long way.

Key Biscayne, FL

Support their wild and outlandish dreams.

Beverly Hills, CA

Be involved in your child’s schooling. Tutors, nannies, and extracurricular activities shouldn’t completely replace a parent.

Key Biscayne, FL

Your kiddo may be a little silly, unusual, or quirky. That’s ok. They’ll likely be more loveable because of it.

China via Skype to Miami

Near or far, no matter your financial situation or the community you live in, we all just want to help our children have a good chance it life.

Key Biscayne, FL

Sweetness is likely one of my favorite qualities to foster in a child.

Lake Arrowhead, CA

Children can sometimes develop the most unusual preferences. And you might not agree with all of them. But as long as they are safe, happy, and healthy, let them be unique.

North Miami Beach, FL

Again, positive sibling relationships are worth their weight in gold.

West Hollywood, CA

Fostering a passionate love of learning is the greatest gift you can give your child.

Crestline, CA

Never stop trying to be better.

North Miami Beach, FL

If they become passionate about something, take the opportunity to bond with them over it. Make it a parent-child project and you’ll make countless memories working towards these goals together.

Miami Shores, FL

It’s truly something special when a child can withstand cruelty from their peers and remain sweet, gentle, and true to themselves.

North Miami Beach, FL

If you create unique and fun learning opportunities for them, they will love you for it.

Rialto, CA

Some children will be easier to parent. Some will be tougher. Love them just the same.

North Miami Beach, FL

Learning doesn’t have to be done out of a textbook.

Pasadena, CA

One thing is love, another is spoiling. Set healthy boundaries.

Miami, FL

Don’t use love to manipulate them, but don’t let them manipulate you either.

Arcadia, CA

Raising well-adjusted, sweet kids is possible. Al gave me hope.

TL;DR

Writing can be such a liberating form of self-expression, especially when it is shared with such a loving, supportive, and equally creative crowd. The Venue on 35th truly left me feeling inspired last month; I can’t wait to go back next time I’m in town!

So what did you think of my lessons learned as a tutor? And the writing style? Did you like it? I hope so!

And please, let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever visited The Venue on 35th or attended or performed at an open mic night. How was the experience for you?

StephanieCristi’s Top Recommended Tutoring ResourcesToday's post details all the cities I've tutored in and my lessons learned as a tutor by observing my students, their parents, and their dynamics as a family. Because as much as I taught these kiddos and helped their families, I have learned so much from them in return. Tutoring is my biggest gift to the world around me, and the biggest blessing in my life.

With all my love,

SC xo

Today\'s post details all the cities I\'ve tutored in and the lessons I\'ve learned in each place by observing my students, their parents, and their dynamics as a family. Because as much as I taught these kiddos and helped their families, I have learned so much from them in return. Tutoring is my biggest gift to the world around me, and the biggest blessing in my life.

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