As some of you saw on my Facebook page last week, I received a compliment from Orange’s preK teacher. It was simple, probably no big deal to most of the world but to me, it just made me melt.
“You are such an awesome mom!”
Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this. And I’m not trying to toot my own horn. I often feel like I’m failing miserably at this mom thing but all to often I post a picture or talk about our activities and friends or family applaud me. It’s a nice reward in a job that gets little to no praise.
So last Friday, Orange was off school (she only attends Monday-Thursday) so I put Pink and Purple down for their nap and told her we needed to finish homework first then we could do a special activity.
She had been in a completely rotten mood Thursday (most likely from her IBS) but Friday was much better. I had high hopes.
Earlier that week, Mrs. Teacher came over for a home visit. (She does these as part of the program every 4-6 weeks for all the kids.) She brought over activities about feelings, including a book Orange would have to make herself (the homework) and ‘The Big Green Monster’ a book Orange loved at school but I had never heard of. Mrs. Teacher even brought homemade monster parts made out of construction paper. Orange loved it and read the book/played the game over and over again. I hinted that we could make our own monster since we had just scored a great deal on a 500 piece pack of construction paper.
So Friday afternoon, after finishing homework, as promised, we made our big green monster. Then as all good parents in today’s world do, we posed with it and posted it online. The picture (seen above) turned out so cute, I couldn’t help but send it along for Mrs. Teacher to see as well. I was expecting something like “Cute” as a reply.
But instead, she replied with that compliment.
And that’s the story.
And I AM an awesome mom despite my own negative thoughts. Getting involved in my girls’ learning is so important to me. Encouraging them to love school and developing their curiosity trumps cuteness or stressing about developments.
Mrs. Teacher has been incredible for Orange, so much so that I have every intention of asking for her when my youngests are ready for the program (year after next).
So when an amazing teacher recognizes you as an awesome mom, you get a little sentimental about it.