4 WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUR KID’S TEACHER
Posted by Natalie Kitchen
Do you remember your first grade teacher? I loved mine. I remember how Ms. Parker erased the board from left to right every day and then wrote the new date in the top right hand corner. I also remember how she showed me how to use a ruler because I was sick on the day she taught everyone else. She knelt near my desk and she helped me measure my arm and my folder and my snack.
Now that our oldest is in school, I’m beginning to understand the crazy reality of widening his circle. I know his teachers will spend many of the quality hours of his week guiding and molding him, so I want our partnership with those teachers to be strong.
And because I’ve been a teacher longer than I’ve been a parent, I’m clinging to a few things I hope to remember now that I’m on the other side of the playground fence.
1 – MAKE IT PERSONAL
I know the hardest time to get to know a teacher is when my kid needs help or is in trouble. I want to make it a point to befriend his teachers as soon as possible. Ask them questions about their classroom and their life. Connect with them however I can and as early as I can. Show them that I am interested in them and what they do to love and serve my child every day. That way, when there’s a bump in the road, my relationship is strong enough for honesty and compassion on both sides.
2 – MODEL RESPECT
As our kids grow in their understanding of authority, I know they’ll look to us to learn how to respond when they’re faced with conflict. I feel our disrespect of our child’s teachers will breed their future disrespect of us and other authorities in their life. I want to encourage and model respect, and help them learn from the decisions their teachers make, good and bad.
3 – GIVE
I remember being so touched that a mom randomly brought me new Expo markers that I called her at home to thank her. I want to give my time. My enthusiasm. My old magazines. It doesn’t matter. I know I want to show up and show my kid’s teachers I’m willing to support their every-day, super-tough work.
4 – PRAY
I think I realized how much I like praying on the first day I watched that school bus drive away from our street. Talking to God about my kids’ day is a great way to relieve a lot of anxiety about the things I can’t control . . . and a great way to thank Him for the inevitable and wonderful ways their circles are widening.
What other ways would you add to our list? Let us know in the comments below!
About the Author:
Natalie Kitchen is on the multi-campus preschool team at North Point Ministries, where she serves to equip six area campuses and a network of strategic partners with training and resources. Her love for learning and curriculum is rooted in her experience as a middle and high school classroom teacher. She is married to Britt Kitchen and they have three children: Nolan, Ellie and Ben.
Four Words To Help Grow Your Family This Year
by Greg Payne
It’s January. It’s a time when we change the calendar and see that another 12 months have passed and think we should do the things we said we’d do the last time we changed the calendar. I know, because last January that’s what I did.
Where I work there’s this gym. Every time I park my car I see people going into the gym where I assumed they work out and get in better shape. I went into my office and sat down. Sometimes I could see them out the window. I thought if I joined THOSE people I’d have to make a huge lifestyle change. Last year a friend invited me to make a little change. Keyword there – LITTLE. He told me that if I would just go into that gym and move for 20 minutes, three times a week, it would change my life. I thought it would take hours a day, but my friend was a marine so I listened.
The first few months, I made every excuse to not invest those minutes. But I went. It was a little change in my life. I had 20 minutes three times a week. After half the calendar pages were turned it got easier. It became a habit. I started to … ahem … enjoy it.
Now I’ve changed my calendar, and I’m in a better place than I was last year at this time. Because of a little change to my schedule I’m feeling better physically. I’m able to do more things without the aches and pains of what I used to blame on growing older. Some big changes happened in my life because of a consistent LITTLE change.
In this episode of the Parent Cue Live podcast, we want to help parents think about being a spiritual leader in their home. It sounds like a huge change. It sounds overwhelming. It sounds like it will take a lot of time. I don’t know any parent who feels like they’re really an expert at it. We all feel like we’d have to rearrange our entire life to make any difference in our kid’s lives. The truth is, little changes over time make a huge difference. It may take a little change.
You can use four little words – Hear, Pray, Talk, Live – to help you make a little change that has huge results in your family.
Little changes this year– a prayer, reading a story, specific time set aside to talk, and committing to a regular time to worship… Any of these will make a huge difference for you and your family before you change your calendar again.
About the Author:
Greg Payne is a creative writer, video producer, and performer for Orange and 252 Basics. He has been married for 21 years. He has two daughters, a grill, a motorcycle, and a strange sense of humor. His dog loves anything from the grill. His daughters like his motorcycle. His wife tolerates his sense of humor with grace and mercy.