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Mongan: An “A” teacher

Posted: August 16, 2017 - 1:21am

"My son, do not forget my teaching, take to heart my commands; For many days, and years of life, and peace, will they bring you." (Prov. 3:1-2)

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It is a new school year! Your lazy days of summer, going at a turtle's pace, have been replaced by "running the race to win." Once again you are the carpool mom with your lipstick on, attempting to accessorize with virtue. Each stage of life has its own jewels to collect as we walk along, if we but look through the eyes of Jesus.

Those days as a mother of school-age children are now behind me, having successfully escorted seven children across the finish line towards adulthood. Thankfully, the lessons I learned along the journey remain.

The path was paved with a lot of laughter and a few tears too. This "wordy woman" could fill an entire book with the wisdom imparted. I have limited this article to just one life lesson. What makes an "A" Teacher?

By now your child has sized up their teachers and given verdicts. Before they hand out pink slips, teach your child to wait and see. Their opinion may change dramatically as time goes on, and so might yours.

Looking back, try to imagine yourself in your child's shoes. It is the first day of school and you are carrying those heavy books as you race down the locker filled halls to class, trying to outrun the first bell. You meet your new teacher; you size them up, and give a verdict of your own. Has your impression of this teacher changed as you have matured? Who really deserved the "A"?

A teacher's job is to teach. Some of the lessons that your child learn may not be academic, but instead a life lesson. This is my advice to parents:

1. Do not enable your child; let them learn their lessons well, even if a few tears are shed.

2. Be positive and try to think the best of the teacher, especially around your child.

3. Be an asset; offer to serve the class in ways that utilize your gifts.

4. Get all the facts if a problem arises, then try to solve the problem quickly. Do not jump to conclusions; listen to both sides so that you have all the facts.

5. Keep the lines of communication open between parent, student and teacher. When conflict or wrongdoing occurs, seek wise council.

6. Make your child's learning a priority by setting aside time for assignments. Teach good study habits.

7. If the child seems to be failing in some way, go to the teacher and ask how you can help.

8. Have a plan. Pace yourself and avoid over commitments in both your life and your child's life.

9. A three-legged race is won if you work as a team, moving in the same direction toward the goal. Your common goal is educate the student. You are both in it to win!

10. Most importantly, pray for your children and their teachers. Always look through the eyes of Jesus.

Each teacher, if given a chance, will impart to your child something important. Just as growing pains are a part of increasing our height, hard lessons in life cause growing pains that develop maturity. "No pain, no gain." Sometimes picking up the pieces stunts your child's growth.

Don't be surprised that at the end of the school year your child has grown in knowledge, height and character. You may have too.

The teacher to whom your child was quick to assign a failing grade at the beginning of the year may be the very one who goes down in the history books of their school days, as an "A" teacher.

I challenge you to journal the school year together, you and your child. Compose a set of questions and answer those same questions monthly at the dinner table as a family. At the end of the year decide who is an "A" teacher!

Ellen Mongan is a mother, wife and Christian writer and speaker who lives in Evans. Mongan is founder of several ministries including Pink Dress ministries, hosts a weekly Blog Talk radio show "Healing Together." She can be reached at littlepinkdressministry@gmail.com.

 

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