Any single mom/teachers out there????

Jennifer - posted on 11/30/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am new to this community and would be interested in connecting with any single moms who also teach elementary. My daughter is almost 8 and I teach kindergarten. She is in my school, two doors down and I will myself everyday to not get personally involved in her school experience unless I need to because of behavior problems...so far so good though!

Any one out there that can relate??? It would be so nice to find a fellow mom/teacher in kind of the same situation as I am currently experiencing.

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Paula - posted on 12/01/2008

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You know what, ladies? Don't be afraid to be a parent first and foremost. If the teacher doesn't like it, that's too bad. I would much rather have a parent be TOO involved than not at all. And I don't know about ya'll, but my daughter's father isn't going to get overly involved so it lays on my shoulders. And if we go too far, then hopefully we are all professional enough to be understanding, humble and forgiving - all in the name of our child.
For the record, my daughter's favorite teacher was the one woman that I thought didn't really like for me very much. But when she saw how much I cared about the education and environment and how much my daughter was willing to give as a student, ironically, I became her lunchroom buddy. (A little scary, actually.) It turns out that she loves my kid almost as much as I do.

Denise - posted on 12/01/2008

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I am teaching in third grade at an elementary school where my daughter is in fifth grade.
I also taught first grade here last year. I was very nervous about it and even hesitated to have lunch in the teacher's room. The time together with my daughter has been priceless and I think once you prove that you are trustworthy and won't be overly involved, the teachers don't mind having you there.

Paula - posted on 12/01/2008

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Hey ladies.
I am a Pre-K-8 music teacher and my 9-yr old daughter went to my school from Pre-K thru 3rd. I put her in our neighborhood school this year for several reasons, but I loved having her at my school. I even had her in class twice a week.

I was always asking her teachers how she was doing. My biggest obstacles had to do with not being able to really befriend her friend's parents, because no matter what, they would always see me as a teacher. It backfired a couple of times.

Other big problem, mostly for her, was the air of favoritism. Which, in truth, she did know the teachers in a different way than most of her classmates. (That came in handy when the "single" part of "single mom/teacher" came into play.)

When it came to social problems, which started early in my school, if I didn't witness the issues in my classroom I would request that the counselor have a chat with my girl and her friends. My situation was really good. When she has a sleepover, it's cool, because I get the respect of a teacher, but get to have fun with my daughter's friends.

Deborah - posted on 11/30/2008

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Hi Jennifer~

I'm a single mum/ teacher... and my son just joined me at my school this year, as he is now in kindergarten. I can relate to what you are going through and it is not easy. My son's classroom is just across the courtyard from my own and I can easily see what he is doing when standing outside his classroom door. Sometimes my own students will look out the window and see him doing something he should not be doing and they tell me... waiting to see what I'm going to do about it. Only last month, our school's vice-principal walked my son to my classroom door and interrupted my math lesson, so I could promptly address his inappropriate cafeteria behaviour. I was pretty stunned she did this... but spoke with my son since he had been brought to me. My students were snickering inside as this took place, but fortunately they promptly got back on task as soon as I made it clear we were back to our own business. It's very hard not to get involved when our children are literally "at arm's reach." But I try to permit my son's teacher to do her job and only intervene when she makes a point to contact me. Would love to hear any stories you may have to share!

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