Day 24- My Kids’ Conferences

Slice of Life Day 24- My Kids Parent Teacher Conferences

I attended conferences in the role of Parent.  It’s so different being on the other side of the table.  I hear the teachers talking about my kids making good growth.  Growth, yeah, yeah. That’s good and all. But I want to know if they are keeping up with their peers.  Are they ready for next year?  Will they be ready for the competitive world of high school and the cut-throat college and the  real world after that? Expectations are ever increasing.  Students are constantly outdoing themselves, academically, athletically, musically, artistically, etc.  I want to know that at the end of this educational journey my kids are on that they will be prepared for the real world, will be able to get accepted into college, get good grades in college and get good jobs that will make them happy.  At the same time, I don’t want them to be negatively  affected by the pressure.  Thank goodness my girls are happy creative kids.  We try to balance school work, athletics and fun.  But I am feeling the pressure of being a modern mom. 

One response to “Day 24- My Kids’ Conferences”

  1. I always feel weird as a teacher mom. I always find myself reassuring the teacher that we could care less about grades and achievement. I find the weight to relieve all the insane pressure on kids and college incredibly crushing. And it always creeps into our conferences. “We’re find with all the academics. He’s doing well. But is he happy? Does he enjoy his friends? Does he take pride in what he does? Does he take mistakes and learning errors in stride?” It’s hard being a parent in today’s achievement pressure education world!

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