It is school conference time again. Another year of facing the reality of how our children behave when out of our sight line. It can be quite daunting. Lisa and I have always conversations leading up to our conference days where we kind of brace ourselves for what we might hear from our teachers. In talking about this year’s set of conferences, we found ourselves thinking of this post and how true it still remains!
Today is our second school conference for Emma this year. The first was all the way back in October, when I feel like our wonderful teacher was really just getting to know her, so this one makes me a tad bit more nervous.
Fortunately, I have been to a few of these already, so I have a pretty good idea of what we are going to hear. Our teacher is wonderful, so I know that she will couch all of her criticism with great construction. She will use phrases like “quite energetic” and “active participant” and “shows great leadership skills” when she really just wants to say, “Your child is totally hyper, won’t shut up and is really bossy.”
Don’t get me wrong, even if I wanted to change these qualities about her, and for the most part I don’t, I couldn’t. This is how she comes to the table. It will be a matter of managing her. I know this, because I was her in a lot of ways.
In Mr. Grubbs 6th grade science class I really enjoyed talking to my friend Brigit, and for the record she totally talked back to me! For some reason (and I am clearly totally over it, obviously), Mr. Grubbs decided we needed to be separated, and by we, he meant me, and by me, he meant at my own desk, BY MYSELF, at the back of the classroom. That wasn’t humiliating or embarrassing at all. It certainly didn’t leave me with a single lasting memory of it. Thank God I don’t have a public forum to talk about it as an adult, to really share my feelings and gain sympathy and make myself feel better.
My other favorite part of the conference is when we get the helpful reminders about what we should be doing at home to help reinforce learning at school, like practicing basic math facts. Oh, trust me, ma’am she gets plenty of that. Like when Mommy says, “5 minutes until bedtime!” but then she hears the computer keyboard still clicking away, she knows to add on at least 12 more minutes to her iCarly watching before I will really mean business.
However, when Mommy has the screechier, screamier tone with that message, she can quickly subtract a good two or three minutes because that means that Mommy is one stop away from crazytown, and it is time to jammy it up and hit the sack!
Don’t ever say that I don’t care about my children’s education around here, because obviously, it is my top priority!
- Think fast! Do I add or subtract? Quick, I hear Mommy!