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What This Parent Wants Teachers to Know


Dear Teachers,


I just wanted to let you know that however these next weeks go down—it’s all good. We’re on your team. This wasn’t what you signed up for, and I sort of can’t believe you’re actually going to attempt to do this. Your life is about to become one giant conference call with thirty+ eight-year-olds who have no set bedtime, and are hopped up on Captain Crunch, Cookies and whatever their parents have been stress-baking for the past 14 days. What could possibly go wrong?


In light of this, our family is giving you blanket permission to do this however the hell you want for the next few months.


1. Does YOUR kid want to sit on your lap while you teach long division? That’s great. Need to stress eat half a bag of chips or box of cookies while you’re trying to explain how to calculate Experimental Error? Go for it.


2. Feel like having morning meetings in your pajama-bottoms—all month long? It’s a judgment-free zone here. Lord knows that’s what I’ll be wearing until at least noon.


3. Having a panic attack because you need to check in on your parents and wanna point that web-camera at three straight YouTube episodes for a Science assignment? Excellent plan.


4. Want to just sit there and ask them how their days were for 40 minutes without mentioning a single thing about learning something new? Please, God, do that.


See, I don’t care if you teach my kids one more thing this semester, and this is why: Just by showing up, by checking in, by caring enough to do this freaking impossible job—you’ve already taught them the only things I really wanted them to get out of school.


1. You’ve taught them that people are flexible—they adapt to new things.

2. You’ve taught them that people will show up for them even when it’s hard.

3. You’ve taught them that communities work together for the greater good.

4. You’ve taught them the world is a good place. That even when circumstances are scary, people are good.

5. You’ve loved them enough to be there—and that’s all any of us can do, is love each other through this.


I’ve got kids home right now—I don’t care which kid of mine you’re working with, they need those lessons reinforced right now.


Our kids will be ok. Take care of yourself too. We love you. You’ve got this—and if you don’t, I’m not telling.


Yours truly,


A Grateful Parent (!)