There are many perks to being an elementary school teacher. The schedule is number one by a long shot. At least once a month, someone brings in treats or buys you lunch. You get to spend at least 45 minutes every workday just hanging out on the playground enjoying nature and, if you are lucky, getting in an occasional turn on the swing. You also have at least one good belly laugh — an essential part of alleviating stress — each workday.

There are some downsides: The crying at random, for seemingly no good reason. The parents — not all, but, well, enough said.