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School hasn’t even started yet, but we’ve had teacher trouble. I thought I was doing a good thing by sending my high school senior daughter in by herself to handle a schedule question. But when she got home, she told a tale of being eaten alive by a not-so-morning-person school counselor. Mopping up her tears, I listened and tried to retract my mama bear claws that wanted to pop out. I don’t want teacher trouble!
With the years of a senior in high school behind us, there have been moments when I did not handle teacher trouble well. We’ve schooled at public, private,co-op and home. Teacher trouble is not bound to traditional classrooms. God forgive me for opportunities lost, when my inner mama bear came out of her summer slumber and attacked the teacher’s picnic basket.
This week I applied some of my hard won lessons learned, and I’m counting it a victory for back to school moms everywhere! With God’s help, here’s what went right this time:
15 Steps for Teacher Trouble
- I listened to my student, but resisted stoking the flame of her temper or revealing mine.
- I held my tongue. This is the key, but sometimes so hard …
- I prayed and waited long enough to let the Lord steer my thoughts and remind me of the big picture of training up my child and representing Him to the world.
- I told my sister what happened and asked for her advice and prayer; she gave both. Grateful.
- I called the school and scheduled a same day appointment convenient for the counselor, not discussing the issue on the phone.
- I dressed nicely.
- I went by myself, while my daughter took care of other school details.
- I made the decision to take a deep breath, smile, and ask her (the counselor/teacher) how her summer was. I tried to be like Jesus, even though I battled feel more like … well, you know.
- I asked her first if she could describe her take on their meeting that morning; I just listened until she was done.
- I agreed with everything I could and affirmed where we were on the same page.
- I (Really the Lord held my tongue for me!) talked quietly, slowly, and leaned back in my chair … to LOOK relaxed.
- I told her I knew we both want the best for my student, and I appreciated her time and assistance.
- I thanked her for being approachable and listening, and I really meant it.
- I sent my student back in alone and didn’t get up and bust into the room when the counselor closed the door. I left my sweet girl “in there” to grow up a little with the Lord at her side.
- I told my daughter that God took care of things and it feels good to solve problems His way.
Score one for mom this year, because I’ve made some mistakes through the years … as a teacher and as a parent. I hope it’s our last teacher trouble … but it’s a new year.
I’m afraid some of you reading this will have a little teacher trouble in your course schedule for the year. Are you prepared? I’ve learned that “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise” (Prov. 10:19). God’s ways are especially good when a new school year begins and you’re a mama bear.
What have you learned about dealing w/ “teacher trouble” in your life?
A mom’s teacher trouble prayer ~
Lord, help me to trust you with my kids and their schooling this year. I need your help to know when to be their advocate and when to release them. Hold my tongue when I would spew out fast and angry words, and teach me how to be the model of resolving problems that my children need me to be. Show me how to bless other adults in my child’s life, the terrific ones and the troubling ones. Remind me to show them the grace you’ve shown me. Be the Teacher of my heart as a new school year begins.
By Julie Sanders of Come Have a Peace