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I'll have to agree with you on that. I don't see how any job could be harder or more rewarding. Other jobs can be harder on a day to day basis, but the major hardship of parenting is one that keeps on forever -- you're always worried about how your kids are doing and how things will be in the future for them.
I would say a pediatrician. There would be definite down sides, but having sick children come to you and helping to heal them has to be one of the best feelings in the world. I'm a teacher, and I find that very rewarding... I just didn't want to vote for myself.
A teacher is the most rewarding job. Beyond parents, teachers can have the greatest impact on an individual. For the most part, everyone in America goes to school. Here, children can learn new things and be inspired to great things. A teacher sometimes doesn't know when they have an impact, but there is no doubt that having the ability to work with children of all abilities, all races and all socioeconomic classes is a great honor and one that should not be taken lightly.
I would think that being a fireman or paramedic would have to be pretty high on that list. You're almost always helping someone who needs and wants your help. I would say teacher, since I've been one for fifteen years, but so many students don't want your help that it knocks the teaching profession down a notch, although it's still more rewarding than most.
I don't think there is one "most rewarding job" in the world. I think that will vary from person to person depending on what they value in their life as well as what they are good at. While I find parenting and teaching very rewarding, I don't think that everyone else necessarily will feel the same rewards that I do from these.
I have not been a parent, but I believe that is the highest calling one can have and will often have commensurate rewards. Though I have only had one career in my life, I believe teaching is the most rewarding job I could have chosen for myself. Others who are doing what they feel "called" to do should feel the same way, which means the possibilities are endless.
I have to agree with those who said "parenting" is the most rewarding job. I think it has the most unique set of challenges and as a result, has the most unique triumphs.
I am a teacher and a mother and I simply cannot fathom of feeling more triumphant in my influence of a student over what I will one day see my children become. Plus, every grandparent will tell you that grandchildren are the crowning glory of parenthood, and even more rewarding than children.
Along the same token, however, I think that many teachers experience the same rewards that parents experience when they truly love and care about a student and see that student succeed. I've had teachers in my life whom I considered "like parents" to me.
I agree with parents as well, as a daughter, I can only imagine the hardships and challenges my mother and father faced as they raised both my sister and I. However, I suppose it will be okay in the long run because my sister and I grew up very well without having to depend on anyone else and we are independent in our own rights. Hopefully, in the future, I will be able to repay my parents all the love and care that we've received.
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