I had Mags’ parent/teacher conference today. I didn’t NEED to have one. She’s doing fine. But, it’s conference time, and I always like to take my allotted ten minutes to sit across from the women that spend more hours a day interacting with my kid than I do.
Take a minute. Have you thought about that? If your kid sleeps ten hours a night like mine does, and they’re at school for about seven hours, that leaves all of seven hours hours to spend with me. And during MY time she’s bathing, getting ready for school, doing her homework and quiet reading. Ya, I don’t get much face time.
So, those women who see her all day. They are IMPORTANT. I need to appreciate them. I need to thank them for the time they are investing in my kid.
So, I NEVER enter a parent/teacher conference empty handed. Never. Ever.
Today, I tweeted this picture:
It caused quite a stir on my Instagram (kathill29), Twitter (kathill) and Facebook pages. Tons of moms telling me it was a good idea. Tons of moms scrambling to see what Starbucks drink is their teacher’s favorite. (Hint: I emailed mine a week ago to ask. I’ll now keep it in my phone so I have it for future reference.)
But, what if you don’t have a local coffee shop near you?
How about walking into the conference with:
- Gift card
- Hand-written thank you note
- Freshly baked cookies
- Yummy smelling hand sanitizer
- Fun pens
- Lunch from a local deli
- Cute notepad
You get the idea. There’s really no perfect gift for a teacher. It’s the thought that counts.
By walking in with a small gift, you are saying “You matter to me and my family. We value your contribution.” And, THAT is what every teacher needs to know.
Isn’t it what we all need to know?
What have you taken into a parent/teacher conference?