4 Things Working Moms Wish Teachers Knew

Now that my kids are getting older it’s harder to watch their every move.  I want to make them into independent contributors, which means that I have to trust them.  They are more than capable of getting themselves dressed, brushing their teeth and feeding themselves breakfast (see how we do self-serve breakfast).

Things Working Moms Wish Teachers Knew

While I do try to ensure that they accomplish these tasks each morning, I cannot guarantee that they are always done to perfection, so I want teachers to know these few things before they judge me:

  • If a child doesn’t eat his entire breakfast, I may not notice.  Not because I don’t care, but because at 7:30am, I also need to get ready and get out of the house.
  • If my child goes to school with a dirty shirt, it doesn’t mean he put it on that way.  It just means that he spilled his breakfast on it and didn’t care enough to change it.  And I didn’t care enough to fight with him about changing it.
  • If I do not answer the phone when you call to discuss my child’s progress, it doesn’t mean I don’t care or that I do not know how to prioritize.  It simply means that I have a job and sometimes I cannot rearrange my entire schedule to fit yours at that very moment.
  • I do read school newsletters and review class projects – please don’t act surprised that I do this, even though I may sometimes forget to sign the homework form.  No one is perfect.

I may work long hours, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know what’s going on with my kids.  I try my best to be the best mom out there and my kids are well taken care of and extremely loved.

Now I realize that these things probably apply to moms who don’t work too.  Do I take these things too personally?  Maybe.  Do I feel like I’m being judged because I’m not always the one who does homework with my kids?  Probably.  Do I feel a huge amount of mom-guilt when these things happen?  Definitely.

Until next time,