Before I share what I might get in trouble for (eeek!), I wanted to let you know about some of our upcoming events:
- THIS is our Little Free Library Back 2 School Happy Hour Event. It will be held from at Kate Jackson Park! Bring a book and receive an ice pop AND a goodie bag filled with FUN back to school stuff!
- from is our FIRST Preschool Readers Storytime in the Park! We are so excited to roll out our monthly story times at Kate Jackson Park next to our Little Free Library and hope you can make our very first event! Bring a blanket or a towel and come enjoy a story in the park!
- Our #fallin2reading challenge is back! We had SO much fun last year so I’ve decided to bring it back! Playing starts . You can sign up for this FREE challenge HERE.
Ok, now for the good stuff… the stuff I may get in trouble for sharing ;)
I LOVED teaching in the classroom and had a wonderful relationship with my students & their parents.
There were times I wished SO badly that I could tell my students parents, certain things… but didn’t dare open my mouth!
I would have loved to have been completely truthful with a few parents… but didn’t know how to say what I wanted to say without hurting their feelings.
Now that I’m no longer a classroom teacher… I’m letting the cat out of the bag!
because I know I was not the only teacher who felt this way!
And with school starting back up, you'll probably find this information to be extremely useful!
So here you go… TEACHER CONFIDENTIAL: The things your child's teacher WISHES they could say to your face!
I searched the internet and pulled my favorite teacher confessions for you. ENJOY ;)
Potty training. Do you actually think your child's teacher wants to wipe your 4-year-old child's butt? Part of potty training your child is teaching them to wipe their own butt. (SOURCE)
You do your job, I'll do mine. I have parents who are CEOs of their own companies come in and tell me how to run my classroom. I would never think to go to their office and tell them how to do their jobs. (SOURCE)
- I'm sure your child is gifted. My three children are all gifted, too. Shall I tell you all about them? In mind-numbing detail? (SOURCE)
Your child may be the center of your universe. but I have to share mine with 25 others. (SOURCE)
Monster kids. Although we are not supposed to say it, we completely agree that the monster who punched your child three times in the last week should be expelled. Unfortunately we don’t make those decisions. We aren’t even allowed to describe their behavior as violent. (SOURCE)
- The truth, the whole truth… We’ll believe 50 percent of what they say about you if you believe 50 percent of what they say about us. When your kid tells us you fed him dog food and made him sleep in a kennel last night, we will be concerned but won’t take it as gospel, so we’d appreciate it if you kept your objective hat on when he complains about us. (SOURCE)
Academics. If you want your child to learn something, you have to support them as well. We only have so many hours a day to teach them, and if you don't help at home, how do you think they will retain what they learn? (SOURCE)
- Yes ma’am, that’s your baby. It might be hard to accept that your angelic well-adjusted child has been caught doing something horrible, but really, why would we make it up? It’s frustrating when we sit down with parents to tell them something unpleasant and they don’t believe us. (SOURCE)
- If we teach small children. don’t tell us that our jobs are “so cute” and that you wish you could glue and color all day long. (SOURCE)
- Empty your child's backpack. Yes, it contains a lot of glue and glitter and unidentifiable objects, but your child worked hard on those projects and is proud of them. Even if you're going to toss it all in the trash as soon as you tuck him into bed (yep, I do this, too), at least pretend to be interested enough to look at it with your child. (SOURCE)
- Don't ask me about any other children. If I tell you that your child is doing well on something, don't ask me if Julian is doing that, too. And don't ask me if your child is the smartest in the class. I won't tell you. (SOURCE)
- Understand other children as you do your own (okay, at least make an effort). When another child is having some behavioral problems, contain the smug disapproval. As a parent, you know that all kids go through difficult phases, and families sometimes experience stress that is out of their control. Besides, your child isn't perfect, either. No one's is. If the other kid is aggressive, have faith that I will keep your child safe, and know that I am doing everything I can to make things better.(SOURCE)
- Busy preschoolers often wait until the last minute to go to the potty. Belts and excess buttons may look cute, but even grown-up fingers can fumble when the pressure is on (and you know how they squirm when they really need to go). Aim for easy-on, easy-off attire.(SOURCE)
Please, no more mugs, frames, or stuffed animals. A gift card to Starbucks or Barnes & Noble would be more than enough. (SOURCE)
If your child throws up after breakfast, chances are it's not a one-time event. Same goes for explosive diarrhea. Keep them home. (SOURCE)
- We LOVE when you tell us how much you appreciate us. The days are long when you’re responsible for wrangling 20-something paint-smearing, diaper-soiling toddlers who can’t verbalize their love for you through anything other than sharing their bodily fluids. Don’t get me wrong—the work is fun and rewarding and some days it feels like the best job on earth (who else gets to color and make Play-doh at work?) but it is also incredibly demanding and sometimes thankless. When you go out of your way to give us kudos for the work we do, it really means the world to us, whether you realize it or not. And if you bring us snacks? Well, we just might follow you home.(SOURCE)
- Relish these days. Your children grow up and return to visit me with their long legs, grown-up teeth, and first-grade readers tucked under their arms, and the little kid is gone forever. Don't stress about things that will pass, like when she'll learn to tie her shoes or when he'll stop sucking his thumb. Instead, revel in the innocent, fleeting happiness that is life with a preschooler.(SOURCE)
Love. This is all your children truly need. Be there for them and support them. They need fathers who sit and listen to the activities of their day, mothers who join in and make crafts with them and parents who take the time to read them stories and act goofy with them. They deserve to help you make supper even though it takes twice as long and makes it twice as much work. They deserve to know that they're a priority for you and that you truly love to be with them. (SOURCE)
Lisa Vodola, M.Ed
Preschool Reading Specialist & Consultant, Owner: Preschool Readers