6 Moms Share the Best Advice They’ve Ever Gotten From a Teacher

6 Moms Share the Best Advice They’ve Ever Gotten From a Teacher

Teachers watch our kids grow, and their advice helps us parent.

By Jeanne Sager

It can feel lonely being a mom sometimes, especially when you’re up late at night making school lunches and finishing up laundry. But if you’ve got school-aged kids, you’ve got at least one partner on your side: their teacher.

Teachers are people who love our kids so much they actually volunteer to spend every day with them (okay, so they do get a paycheck too). They’re watching them grow from a unique perspective, and if we’re lucky – and listening – we can often find out some pretty cool things about our kids from these educators.

We asked moms to share the very best bits of advice they’ve ever gotten from one of their children’s teachers. Although each message was personal, it turns out it’s the sort of advice that any parent could use.

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1. “When my son was 7, his teacher told me it didn't matter what he read. She said, ‘Words and words. If he wants to read a comic, a catalogue, or a guidebook, let him. Let him read what he's interested in and he'll improve his reading ability far quicker than if you make him slog through text books he finds dull.’ It was great advice!” -- Claire G.

2. “My daughter's teacher taught her in third grade and then in fifth. When we were getting ready to transfer to [a] new school, she sat me down to talk about all we had been through trying to get my daughter an IEP. She gave me this advice: ‘Continue to be THAT momma.’ I fought so hard for my daughter and even had a strained relationship with her at times. But she said me being THAT momma is what helped my child. I'll never forget that.” -- Kia S.

3. “A teacher, not [from] our district, saw I was frustrated that my child was allowed to speak out of turn and be disruptive in kindergarten when I volunteered in the classroom. She said, ‘Stop volunteering. If your daughter's behavior when she is with you is acceptable to you, and her behavior is acceptable to the teacher, walk away.’ So I did! She is fine.” -- Beth B.


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4. “[My son’s teacher told me] ‘Advocate and keep pushing to get your son what he needs. They will push back. Push harder!’” -- Janalee C.

5. “My son's seventh grade teacher told parents at parents' night not to tell [it to] our kids, but nobody will ever see/care about [their] middle school grades. They have a lot of learning and growing to do and are figuring things out, so don't stress too [much] this early because these grades don't matter yet. Stress less about the grades and focus more on helping them learn how to study and actually learn.” -- Julie R. E.

6. “When my daughter was struggling with reading, her teacher suggested we get her eyes checked. It turned out that she had one eye that would cross every once in a while, causing her to skip lines/words while reading. With new glasses and a little eye therapy, her reading exploded!” -- Kim B.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten from a teacher?

Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer, photographer and social media junkie. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter, and way too many pets. You can follow her @JeanneSager.

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