The day a teacher becomes a mom she is forever changed. Because from this point forward she can’t help but see her own students through the eyes of both parent and teacher. This does not mean she accepts things like poor behavior or disorganization, but by having a dual perspective she automatically approaches and responds to these types of situations differently.
Moms want teachers to see the best in their children, to be patient, to nurture their children’s unique gifts and embrace their challenges. They also hope that when problems arise, their children’s teachers will default to a place of empathy rather than judgment. I believe that without even trying, teacher-moms do this the best.
Did I mention the combination is not always easy? This is especially the case when a teacher-mom must take off her teacher hat, put on her mom hat, and talk with her own child’s teacher about potential issues that need to be addressed. I need not elaborate on this point.
Today I thank God for all moms, especially the teacher-moms. They make the world a better place because of their unique ability to relate, respond and build positive relationships with the kids and families they serve. Happy Mother’s Day.