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July 14, 2015

For Moms Who Are Teachers

By Ruth Manna
Grades 3–5

    “Every child should have at least one parent who’s a teacher,” my son, Dante, said recently. He meant that every child should have a parent who enjoys reading and books and who spends time teaching his or her child to ride a bike, play soccer, and memorize multiplication facts.

    I’m writing this post on Mother’s Day for those of us who are both moms and teachers. Being both a mom and a teacher gives our children an advantage in school. To find out how, keep reading. . . .
     

    With my daughter, Julia, on Parents' Weekend.

     

     

    As moms who are teachers, our knowledge about teaching and learning can support our own children in school. We have the motivation and know-how to help our children experience success in school.

    It’s true, our knowledge of child development comes in handy when our children reach school age. We also have the advantage of knowing children’s literature, state standards, and curriculum. Depending on the grade we teach, we teacher-moms are able to support our children as they learn to read, study algebra, and create science projects. We likely know what teachers are looking for in homework, poster design, or book critiques. 

    Here are qualities of teacher-moms that also characterize conscientious parents: 

    Homework
    Many times I’ve come home after a long day at school just in time to help my own children with their homework. If you’re a teacher-mom, you know the feeling. You’re exhausted, but you help your son finish his math assignment or you revise your daughter’s science lab report. As teachers we know how important it is to build consistent homework habits.

    Support Schools
    We know the importance of attending Parents' Night and share the nervous feelings our children’s teachers experience in a roomful of parents. We’re on time for parent conferences and take notes, so we can assist our children. We support our children’s schools, just as we support the school where we teach.

    Enriching Experiences
    Whether it’s a trip to a science or children’s museum or a neighborhood park or nature center, teacher-moms understand how enriching experiences enhance a child’s education.

    Summer at Home
    As teachers, our school year matches that of our children. Most of us are able to be at home with our children over summer vacation, a time for reading books together and going to a beach or pool. Both teachers and their children are fortunate to have summers together.

    As teacher-moms, let’s feel good about the many ways we support our children as students.
     
    Finding Balance as a Teacher-Mom
    When my children were younger and all three were at home, there wasn’t time for much other than being a mom and a teacher. Unfolded laundry and dirty dishes had to wait. Now that my children are grown, my professional life could easily take over my personal time. I have to remind myself to close my laptop and chat with my husband about his day. Finding balance has been tricky for me and maybe for you, too.

    On a Personal Note
    Next weekend my daughter and youngest child, Julia, will graduate from college. In September she’ll enter a master’s program in elementary education. I stayed out of her decision-making process because I didn’t want to influence her. Secretly, I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to see the books she'll read in her courses, and hear her talk about what she's learning from her professors. I’m looking forward to Julia entering a profession I care about so passionately. Maybe one day Julia will be a teacher-mom, too.    

    Please write in with your comments about how you combine being a mom and a teacher. How’s homework time at your house? Do you have a balance between your personal and professional life?

    “Every child should have at least one parent who’s a teacher,” my son, Dante, said recently. He meant that every child should have a parent who enjoys reading and books and who spends time teaching his or her child to ride a bike, play soccer, and memorize multiplication facts.

    I’m writing this post on Mother’s Day for those of us who are both moms and teachers. Being both a mom and a teacher gives our children an advantage in school. To find out how, keep reading. . . .
     

    With my daughter, Julia, on Parents' Weekend.

     

     

    As moms who are teachers, our knowledge about teaching and learning can support our own children in school. We have the motivation and know-how to help our children experience success in school.

    It’s true, our knowledge of child development comes in handy when our children reach school age. We also have the advantage of knowing children’s literature, state standards, and curriculum. Depending on the grade we teach, we teacher-moms are able to support our children as they learn to read, study algebra, and create science projects. We likely know what teachers are looking for in homework, poster design, or book critiques. 

    Here are qualities of teacher-moms that also characterize conscientious parents: 

    Homework
    Many times I’ve come home after a long day at school just in time to help my own children with their homework. If you’re a teacher-mom, you know the feeling. You’re exhausted, but you help your son finish his math assignment or you revise your daughter’s science lab report. As teachers we know how important it is to build consistent homework habits.

    Support Schools
    We know the importance of attending Parents' Night and share the nervous feelings our children’s teachers experience in a roomful of parents. We’re on time for parent conferences and take notes, so we can assist our children. We support our children’s schools, just as we support the school where we teach.

    Enriching Experiences
    Whether it’s a trip to a science or children’s museum or a neighborhood park or nature center, teacher-moms understand how enriching experiences enhance a child’s education.

    Summer at Home
    As teachers, our school year matches that of our children. Most of us are able to be at home with our children over summer vacation, a time for reading books together and going to a beach or pool. Both teachers and their children are fortunate to have summers together.

    As teacher-moms, let’s feel good about the many ways we support our children as students.
     
    Finding Balance as a Teacher-Mom
    When my children were younger and all three were at home, there wasn’t time for much other than being a mom and a teacher. Unfolded laundry and dirty dishes had to wait. Now that my children are grown, my professional life could easily take over my personal time. I have to remind myself to close my laptop and chat with my husband about his day. Finding balance has been tricky for me and maybe for you, too.

    On a Personal Note
    Next weekend my daughter and youngest child, Julia, will graduate from college. In September she’ll enter a master’s program in elementary education. I stayed out of her decision-making process because I didn’t want to influence her. Secretly, I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to see the books she'll read in her courses, and hear her talk about what she's learning from her professors. I’m looking forward to Julia entering a profession I care about so passionately. Maybe one day Julia will be a teacher-mom, too.    

    Please write in with your comments about how you combine being a mom and a teacher. How’s homework time at your house? Do you have a balance between your personal and professional life?

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