School will be starting back in a few weeks …. can I get an amen from all the moms who are ready for summer to be done already?!
Let me first just give a shout out to all the teachers. Every single one of you has my utmost respect, and I cannot even begin to find the words to express the gratitude I have for you pouring into these young lives.
The beginning of the year is filled with a lot of anxiety for me. One of my daughters requires some extra help, so the start of school is filled with IEP meetings, classroom placement considerations, and teacher meetings. My girl was so blessed to have an amazing principal for her first several years. I will never forget a conversation I had with her one day when I was overwhelmed with the stress of all the decisions that had to be made. She took my hand, looked me in the eyes, and in a gentle voice, gave me these words. She said, “Find your team. You are not alone, and you will find that so many people are right next to you, pouring their hearts into your girl. Find them. Find the people that want to help your girl do her very best, and then appreciate them in every single way. Build relationships with them, thank them, and love on them. They will always be there for you.”
That’s exactly what I did. I can’t even tell you how many people have stepped in to help my daughter succeed. And that is what I remember at the start of every year. Don’t wait for Hallmark to tell you to appreciate your child’s teachers and helpers. Don’t wait for the administration to designate a week. Don’t wait for a holiday. Find the people who are pouring into your child, and appreciate them as much as you can. They will earn it.
Oh, and the principal who told me that? She refers to herself as my daughter’s “school mom.” She follows her progress and recommends teachers and extra help for her. And guess what, she does all of this, and she’s not even her principal anymore. I told you she’s amazing.