Parent Teacher Conferences

Tell me they’re wonderful,
and tell me it’s because of how I mother them.

Tell me my cooking is making them smart and healthy,
and that my yelling, my rushing here and there, and my occasional inattention
haven’t affected them at all.

Tell me how bright and charming they are.
(Please provide a few examples of such behavior).

Tell me how when I leave them at the door,
your face lights up upon their entry.

Tell me that you can predict their happiness with themselves
and their success in life,
and that it is off the charts in both regards.

Tell me that you have had
only one other child
that was as bright and thoughtful as my child,
and that that other child went on to be
a doctor that helps orphaned babies
in third world countries.
You know this because that child
comes home to check on his mother
every four weeks
and she told you so.

Tell me that I am a really good mother.

Oh, I’m sorry…
we only have 15 minutes and
this isn’t about me….

As you were saying then….

  • You nailed it with this one. Love.

    May 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm
  • I love your thoughts! This one spoke to me so deeply. I used to teach second grade when I didn’t have children. Now that I do have children, I realize parents don’t always care about test scores and grades, but rather about how their child really is, and how the parents are doing. Teachers have such pressure on them to have high achieving students and high test scores these days but all a mom cares is if she is doing a good job and that because of her, her child is thriving!:)

    I remember how my students parents would puff up with pride when I praised them for doing a great job and how their child had beautiful manners.

    I wish I had done it more and I wish I could redo some of those conferences:).

    Again, love all the poems so far- found you from Kelle Hampton site!

    May 25, 2014 at 4:20 am
  • Anne Flavin

    Thank you, Reem and Tammi! Reem, thanks for finding me here. Please join me on Facebook, too, at Annie Flavin. Thanks, again!

    May 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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