A Thank You To My Daughter’s Teacher

I’ve been pretty vocal about my feelings regarding the direction public education has taken.

And how I felt about Number 5 starting kindergarten was no secret either.

I did not have faith that first day she climbed on the bus.


Sometimes we moms overreact a little bit.

But other times, we just know.

Our gut tells us exactly the right thing.

I just want to say something.

My gut was seriously off base.

I could have relaxed a little bit.

Because Number 5 loves school.


She is happy and excited and engaged and flourishing.

Every day she wakes up and asks not if she has to go to school, but if she gets to go to school.

She comes home eager to read, equipped with her special witchy poo finger.

reading finger


She proudly tells me how she is a superhero with super reading powers.

And she honestly believes it.

She is writing up a storm.



Not bad for a five-year-old.

Now I’m not saying that my feelings regarding elementary school these days have changed.

I still have my concerns.

But I think I should probably admit that what Number 5 has learned in two months of kindergarten is way more than what I would have taught her had I kept her at home this year.

She’s had the perfect mixture of structure and down time.

She comes home not exhausted and drained and miserable, but happy and excited and confident.

So, to her teacher,

I think I should say that I was, um,


And thank you.

You are helping my daughter to become a better version of herself.

And for that, I will always be grateful.



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3 replies
  1. Courtney Conover
    Courtney Conover says:

    I don’t often comment on blogs, but I had to on this particular post because I felt as if I could have written the first few lines of this post. As a mother of a 3 yo and 1 yo, I was — and still kind of am — afraid of my 3 yo going to school. But The Hubs and I visited the preschool (affiliated with our public school system) last week, and, I must say, I got a damn good vibe from the teacher.

    I can only hope and pray that my son’s experience is just like #5’s…

    Great post.

    • not your average mom
      not your average mom says:

      My 3 and 4 year-old had HELL starts to preschool this year, and now the LOVE LOVE LOVE it. They can’t wait for school. I think they pick up on our stress. When we relax, so do they.


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