Do any of you have your own children attending your school?

Abby - posted on 12/20/2009 ( 58 moms have responded )

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My husband and I cannot decide whether or not to put our kids in the elementary school where I work. Will they still get to know the neighborhood kids if they go to school somewhere else? What about having Mom as your teacher? I teach a specials class, so I see all of the kids in the school and would have mine as well - has anyone done that? how did it go? Pros and Cons?

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Joanne - posted on 12/21/2009

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I got lucky and changed to the school I wanted my daughter to attend because they had an opening. In Kindergarten, it was great -- I saw her everyday but never taught her. She has a different last name than mine which wasn't an issue in until this summer when she entered the same recess/lunch as the kids I teach. They figured out that she was my daughter by our afterschool pick up and decided it was their job to give her a hard time. She is in first grade and I have to say -- She's handled a few of them with great words (What difference does that make to you? I like my name!)
This year I teach her for 30 minutes per week (which will be the case from now until she graduates 8th grade). I only struggle with one piece -- I do NOT like being in the classroom for the party chaos -- not because of my daughter -- but little kids just are too chaotic and random for me -- I teach Junior High (6-8) and I much prefer the teen noise to the little kid chaos!
Parents are all-over the parties and field trips and I've only asked the teacher if I could attend one (she was thankful that I was one of the few parents who didn't demand to be at EVERY party).
The hardest part for me is the birthday parties -- it never fails that since I teach the upper grades -- parents will ask about their kid or other kids in their grade WHILE I'm being a Mom at a birthday party. I try answer their question and then raise a question about this group of kids and their first grade activities :-)

All in all -- it is SO worth it -- to see my daughter every day at school -- makes me smile and I see her growing in personality as well as education. I do make the teachers giggle though because I take great pleasure in seeing her get busted for acting up -- It's reassuring to know that she acts as bossy at school (and gets busted) as she tries to at home (and she gets busted!) -- at least she's consistent ;-)

Kenya - posted on 12/21/2009

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I teach kindergarten and my daughter is in 1st grade. I try not to step on her teacher's toes when it comes to academics. At times I do see her aroung school but normally the staff and student body look out for her. And I went out of my way to keep it quiet amongst the students that she was my daughter but that didn't work too well. She blends in with the other students--but I always have a reported out there for me

Janeen - posted on 12/21/2009

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My son went to the same Elementary school I did for the last 1/2 of 7th grade and 8th grade where I taught. Then when it was time for him to go to High School he had the choice of going to the High School where my school fed into or he could go to the High School where we lived (same district), we researched what was available at each High School and then pros and cons of each..if he went to the feeder school he would have to wait for me to take him home after school, if he went to his home school he could take the bus etc. Ultimately he decided to go to the home school because he could ride the bus back and forth to school without having to worry if mom had meetings or not and they had a program that he was very interested in!

Claire - posted on 12/21/2009

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I teach high school in the district where I live. My kids went to their designated elementary and middle school. Their friends knew I was a teacher, as did their teachers. I think it was appreciated when I went on field trips - having another teacher along as well as an interested parent. I had a good relationship with all of their teachers. I didn't have them as students but liked having them around. And they could always find me when they needed something signed. Our district has 7 elementary schools - does yours? could they opt in to a different one? They'll still make friends in the neighborhood.

Regina - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hi, I have four children. All four of them attend the school I teach at. One of them is in my class. All is going well! In fact, I am finding it to be a wonderful experience. I can keep up with what is going on with my children and get to know my daughter really well! I wish you the best of luck with your decision.

Debra - posted on 12/20/2009

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When I first started teaching, my son was born the year I started. He grew up with my teacher friends. I was able to pick his teacher when he came to my grade. It was wonderful. We didn't live in the community where I taught, but when he started his t-ball and little basketball, he played for the community where we lived. This helped him build friends in both areas.. which are not far apart. When I transferred to my home school, he had friends there already and my 2nd and 3rd child have both attended where I teach. I was actually able to teach my youngest.. It wasn't bad at all. I think that as a parent, you are harder on your own child when you're their teacher. Pros: You always know whats going on, you do have an idea of what environment your child is in at school, you know their friends, you know how they act, and you can see your baby all day!! Cons: teacher's kids sometimes are expected to be angels and perfect students.. and they're not! They have to deal with every teacher saying "Do you want to go see your mom?" or worse, they're allowed to get away with things that other students aren't just b/c you're a peer of the teacher... I would recommend having your child go to your school when they're younger but if you plan to switch to your community school, do so by the 3rd grade!

Jennifer - posted on 12/20/2009

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Our son is at the same high school where both my husband and I teach. We love it, and it does not seem to bother him, on good days. The downfall is that it is really hard for him to get away with any sort of misbehavior, or even mischief! Even though he is well respected by his peers and the staff, it is hard being both a parent and a co-worker when there are conflicts or clashes of personalities. It is great, however, to be on the same schedule daily, holiday breaks and for calamity days or delays.

Tabatha - posted on 12/20/2009

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My kids went to kindergarten at my school. That was fine, but I wasn't their teacher. It is nice to have them on the same schedule as you. My favorite reason to have them at their own school, however, is because I get to just be their mom at school functions. My friend ends up having mini-conferences at baseball/soccer games. I love the time that I am just mom.

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