Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Proud Mama

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about parent teacher conferences from the teacher side of the table.

Today, I am proud and grateful to brag, boast, and gush that I recently had the pleasure of attending my very first parent teacher conference on the parent side of the table.

I am shamelessly happy about it!

That's right. It went well.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in. As you all know, I have been known to call my child a maniac, among other things. He can be a rambunctious type, full of personality and the dance. He even break-dances and sasses his way to time out multiple times a week.

I could be offended that he saves this behavior for us at home, but I am honestly relieved to know that he puts on the angel face for his teachers.

He was previously on an IFSP for speech language concerns, but his language is still doing well, he is developing age-appropriately with all of his pre-academic skills, and he has been following directions and being friendly.

Whew.

So far so good.

I sat there, listening to the teacher compliment how wonderful our boy is and just beamed. My husband and I walked out, and I felt HIGH! It was such a good feeling. I was just so happy.

I vow to keep this experience in mind for future parent teacher conferences back on the teacher side of the table. Parents want so badly to know that their child is doing well. If there is a concern to report, it really needs to be done in a way that respects the dignity of the child and encourages healthy communication and trust between home and school.

As for us right now? We are beaming.


Sorry, Carlin, if they had a bumper sticker saying, "My child rocked his preschool parent teacher conference," I would buy it!

18 comments:

Jessica said...

I'm thinking you should make your own bumper sticker based on this parent teacher conference.

Middle State/MomZombie said...

Parent-teacher conferences always blow me away. I'm always like: Double check those papers. Are we talking about the same child here? I guess it's better that the child be on his or her best behavior in public than at home if it's to be one or the other, right?

Jen said...

You are so right, hang onto those good ones.

TV's Take said...

How awesome. We had our first conference as well - I was so excited and still am.

Eva Gallant said...

It's the sign of a bright child--knowing when he has to behave and when he can slack off!

KDC Events said...

Yay! Glad it went well!!!

Cam | Bibs & Baubles said...

Doesn't it feel so good to know that your child is doing so well. How great that it gave you a different perspective as a teacher.

blueviolet said...

How wonderful to hear a good report like that. Keep beaming!

my abc soup said...

Your child is like a seed. You plant it and spend every day carefully nurturing it. When it starts growing beautifully, you have the right to feel proud!!!!

Clipped Wings said...

This whole post is beaming! Glad it all turned out so well.

Natalie said...

I'm so glad it went well! Of course your boy would do you proud!

MamaMash said...

So thrilled for you! Hope the rest of the year is just as awesome.

My Inner Chick said...

---So happy for you :)) Whew, that must feel quite good. Xx

Tat @ Mum in search said...

We always worry, don't we, and it's so great to know that everything is well with our kids. Wonderful news.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Wonderful post! I'm so glad it went well! This made me smile.

Kara said...

Yeah! I'm glad it went so well for you. You must be feeling proud.

And I love that you quoted George Carlin.

Suniverse said...

YAY! SO glad that the parent teacher conference went well. It's a wonderful feeling to hear good things about your kid. Kudos to him!

Deb said...

Woo-hoo! I'm beaming, just having read this! Rock on, mama. :)