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|Mark’s first day at the beach – Wildwood, NJ|
Last week, my wife and I were out to dinner talking about how much we’d learned as rookie parents this year, as our little Mark is nearing 10 months old.
Before we had a child, as educators, we both heard over and over from parents and teachers in our respective schools that “we wouldn’t understand because we weren’t parents yet.” — What did this mean we asked ourselves? I think there is a way to say that to others without sounding condescending, but looking back, I do believe there is some truth to some of those words.
Below are 10 thoughts through the lens of a parent that I’m now bringing to school with me each day. These ideas encourage me to be a better listener for my families, my staff and help me see through multiple perspectives during certain situations.
- For my parents and teachers who get up with their infants throughout the night, then head off to work all day, you deserve a medal – what can I do to support you better?
- No one will ever know your child like their parents.
- Just to get the child in bed last night, up this morning and fed was incredibly exhausting. Please forgive me for forgetting to sign something.
- The snack my child is eating may not be the most nutritious, but he will eat it and his/her tummy will be full. (I wish he would eat the broccoli too)
- I understand this is how you did it with your child kid, but this is how we’re choosing to do it with ours.
- If you want my child to be actively engaged, start with learning what he/she enjoys doing when he/she is not with you.
- Yes I realize my child is three months behind on this but he/she is three months ahead on that… lets focus on what he/she can do.
- My child’s home life is night & day from school life. Ask us how we are successful at home. Work with us.
- Since our child was three months old he has been grabbing for our devices. As a teacher, please use this enthusiasm and curiosity to your advantage. Build your own capacity by learning from today’s kids who already speak technology.
- I love my child more than anything on this earth. Remember that each and every time you interact with my child and/or his/her family. Would you teach/talk to/talk about my child the same way if his parents were in the room?