1. Your kid is mostly the same at school as he is at home. We walked into Jane’s conference and the teacher asked “is Jane really messy at home? She’s my messiest kid here.” Yeah, well, she’s our messiest kid here, too. Seth talks all the time at kindergarten, too. Gabe cares most about getting done fast, which is what we deal with during chore time, here, too.
2. There are character traits that seem to run through the entire family. EVERY SINGLE CONFERENCE, the teacher said “They are so smart and are doing fine. I just wish they’d take a little more time on their work. And they struggle with organization.” In fact, I’ve heard that at every single conference since Emma started Kindergarten. Heck, I’ve heard it every single conference since I started going to school, because guess what? That’s exactly the kind of student I was, and frankly, I’m still kind of like that.
3. It’s good to take your husband. I’m glad I don’t have to be the filter. I’m glad he was able to tell me what he heard, because, I was kind of only hearing the negative. It was good to have him remind me that there was 90% positive there and I should probably focus on that.
4. My kids are really nice kids. I’m grateful that we don’t have behavior issues and that they are known as kind, fun students.
5. You feel very proud and very embarrassed in the same 20 minutes. Like when Jane’s teacher points out the that Jane got a 4 for effort in every extra-curricular class (music, computer, PE, etc.) and that she’s never seen that. That it’s an indication of a girl who puts her best, cheerful effort in EVERY place she goes. And then tells us how they had to take pencils with erasers away from Jane because she was EATING THE ERASER HEAD OFF OF EVERY ONE. In fact the aide asked her, “What are erasers for Jane?” and she replied, in all sincerity: “For eating?” ?!?!
6. Even though I’m a little crazy to think that I’m smart enough to guide 5 different human beings, I’ve also learned that I don’t need to feel guilty for their failings. I’m trying my best. So are they. When either of us realizes we need to do things differently, we will!