As a first-time school parent, I’ve learned so much this year. Being a parent to a school-aged child has drastically changed so many aspects of our lives. For starters, it required us to have a more traditional routine with homework, bedtime and more. It also afforded me the opportunity to take advantage of more of my PTO days for parent teacher conferences, school functions and field trips.
This week, I almost missed the beat on something very important, an opportunity to show my daughter’s teacher appreciation for all of her hard work. Being that this our first year in school, Teacher Appreciation Week was totally not on my radar. I must credit one of my besties for even bringing it to my attention through her amazing and creative efforts. She strategically planned out a series of gifts with cute notes to gift her son’s teachers for each day of the week. From snack bags of pop corn labeled “Pop Quiz,” to Starbucks Latte’s with “Thanks A Latte,” she went above and beyond to ensure that the teachers knew how much their efforts are appreciated.
I loved the idea, however knew that my schedule this week wouldn’t allow me to get too creative. Instead, we opted to get a nice gift to round out the week. My daughter is a first-time student, and at the beginning required a little more patience from her teacher. Within a few weeks, she started to do much better, and is now excelling in all subjects, and socially as well. I work anywhere between 8-11 hours a day, and generally spend less time with my daughter than her teacher does during the week. By the time we get home most nights, there’s only time for homework, dinner, bath time, bedtime story and lights out. For most parents, that’s just the reality.
Next year, I’m going to mark my calendar in advance, and map out a few potential options to celebrate. For me, it’s important to show appreciation to those who make a difference in your life. My daughter’s teacher, is one of those teachers who goes above and beyond for her students. My daughter also happens to adore her teacher, which has made her transition to school much smoother.
I understand that this is likely seen by some parents as an unnecessary, consumer holiday. For me, it’s the perfect time to acknowledge part of the village that helps to raise our children. All good teachers, should be acknowledged by parents. If not during Teacher Appreciation Week, at least at some point during the year. I’d love to hear how all of you acknowledged the special teachers in your lives.