I used to LOVE parent-teacher interviews as a child… can you guess why?
Though most of the time I don’t think I was allowed to sit with my Mum as my teacher went through my academic accomplishments, there were snippets I gleaned, the written report that came out of it, and of course, my Mum’s proud smile after it all.
I don’t mean to brag. I wasn’t some Einstein or anything. But I listened to the teacher. I did my homework. I did what I was told in the classroom. And therefore, the report represented that.
My favourite bit was always what my teachers mentioned or wrote about my creative writing habit. Even then I hung on every word, re-reading it countlessly, and I have to say, some things don’t change. I am still desperately hanging for feedback.
Fast forward a good 25 years, and today we had yet another parent-teacher interview. This one was not so academically geared, and it wasn’t to do with me.
Still, I left beaming.
I think from the moment baby girl started 3 year-old kindergarten last year, I have been worried. Worried about development. Worried about milestones being reached. Worried if she is ready for kinder… then worried if she will be ready for the next step, after kinder.
I have spent a lot of time in my head on this one. So today, when the kindergarten teacher said some lovely and positive words about baby girl…
“she is engaging with others more,”
“she participates in class activities and puts her hand up,” and then the clincher –
“I think she is ready for school next year”
Suddenly I became my Mum, and she was me, and if you know us all that ain’t a far stretch. It’s not to say that there is anything wrong when kids are held back in kinder, and I know plenty who have done that for their kids, and who are even entertaining the possibility right now. But as a parent, you know your child, in your heart of hearts. And when that feeling in your heart, is validated by the other major learning force in your child’s life…
You breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that you were right all along.
I am just thrilled with her progress. Again, no Einstein factor. No A+ accolades.
But she is my girl, and to me, her star is shining bright :):):)