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Dear Teacher---

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Posted By: 
Becky Lichucki

At this time of year, there are tons of letters to parents floating around the internet, asking us to be involved with our kids and back up the teachers. DUH. We do these things. I know many families don't or simply can't, but there are plenty of families that do.

So today I would like to share a letter to the teachers:

Dear Teacher,

I know that you don't know us and you have thirty families to deal with this year, but I wanted to just take a few minutes of your time.

I appreciate all that you do as a teacher, I know that being in teaching for many years is not easy and it is a service of the heart. I commend you for that. I believe that God picks teachers and that teaching is a calling.

I thought you would like to know a little about us. My munchkin is 6 but in some ways he is much older. My wish for him is to have fun learning. I know that is a tall task for you with 30 kids that have likely 30 different levels of abilities, but really please remember that.

I promise you that I will help to keep him responsible for following all of the rules and using his manners. I promise that we will do our reading, and when he comes to school talking about the books we have read at home, please listen. I want him to be happy at school and not to be bored. I know it takes a lot of your energy to keep everyone engaged.

See he is my baby, my one and only, forever. I take extra care of him and I hope you will too!

Oh, and when you ask them to draw pictures of their family, please don't be shocked. He sometimes will draw a smiling sideways head in the sky. Sometimes he doesn't and that is ok too, but when he does, that is his dad. He died in a car accident several years ago and thanks to books, Munchkin thinks heaven is in the clouds. He may also draw a gaggle of people. That is our family...aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. We are very blessed to have so many so close to us.

When you ask him what his wish is for at New Years, please don't be shocked when he says a new daddy. I am fine if he wishes for that. I tell him that if God decides that he is supposed to have a new daddy then he will. He knows his daddy can't come back from heaven even if he wished for it. He knows death is permanent. See that is why I say he is older in so many ways.

Please remember, that I am not your enemy, I don't do things to make your classroom difficult. I know that it is only by working together as a team that my Munchkin will be able to excel in all of his abilities.

Lastly, I wish that you have a fantastic year with all of your new kids and that they teach you as much as you teach them!

Munchkin's Mommy


Dear Munchkin's Mommy, Thank you for your letter. Similarly, I am a single mom to a 6 year old munchkin starting in a new school with a new teacher. I wish there was an easy way to approach his teacher and explain the situation but frankly, the meet and greet is a bit too hectic to drop a bomb like that. I hope that when the topic does come up, that Munchkin's teacher will handle it with grace and compassion. Good luck to you and yours.

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