My son's back to school night was cancelled this year due to budget cuts. Feels like there's less and less opportunity to interface with his teacher and feel plugged-in. Yet, I seek connection to his daily routine and though every afternoon is a complete interrogation: "how was your day; tell me all about it; what was your favorite part?" there are other things I do to feel more connected:
- I walk my son to school early giving myself ample time to chat with his teacher & other parents (this is especially conducive at my son's elementary & I know this may not work for every mom's schedule). I take this opportunity to get informed on school events or other happenings, but mostly I take this time to enjoy chatting with him as we stroll through the neighborhood!
- I plan plenty of organized activities such as play-dates even if that means having 2-3 kids over for a play-date on a Friday evening! This gives me a glimpse of my son's everyday friendships/interactions with other children!
- I create flexibility in my schedule to volunteer in my son's classroom. This could come down to one hour per month, but in that hour I feel fulfilled to share in a bit of his daily routine!
- Early in the year, you might also try sending a letter to your child's teacher introducing yourself, your schedule, and your strengths including where you might be able to contribute to the classroom (i.e. photography, art, etc.). This is a great tip I just learned from my co-editor who actually texts back-and-forth with her kid's teacher (Now, that's plugged-in)!
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