Right before Valentine's Day, I received several brightly colored pieces of paper letting me know that parents were invited into the classroom to secretly decorate their child's desk for February 14.
I know my work schedule. I know that traffic is as much my friend as it is my enemy. So, I took the day off. And, although I was able to accomplish a lot of stuff on that day off, the primary reason was that I could go to my son's school while he was riding the bus home and secretly place hearts all over his desk.
I appreciate when these special school notices are sent well in advance so I can make plans. (They don't balance out all the fundraising notices, but I get it.) I try really hard to participate where I can - signing up to bring items in for parties, attend the concerts when I am able, and let the teachers know that I care.
That last item is especially important, as researchers have found that teachers are willing to do more for children (either through more individual time spent with them or going the extra mile to support them when times are tough) if teachers have a positive view of the parents.
To working parents, who come home to start dinner and check on homework and take children to activities...that is a lot of extra pressure.
So, the question becomes: How do you show your child's teacher that you really care about your child's education? Tell me in the comments.