The older we get, the more we value our teachers in society. We know they sacrifice so much to help our children gain an education. They struggle against common core, required testing and low pay scales – especially here in North Carolina.
But for single mothers, they are an additional life line.
I do not know what I would have done the last two years without my son’s teachers.
As single moms, we may not be able to work one-on-one as much as we want. We may not get to attend the special functions and field trips. We may have to schedule special hours for the Parent-Teacher conference because missing work may mean risking our job. They try to understand if we have to be a little late on our field trip deposit because we didn’t receive child support that month or money just got tight.
They'd do this for any family, not just the single moms. But when you're the sole person at night, it's nice to know the teachers are there to help.
I have been extra fortunate. The last two years my son has had teachers in which I have known them personally for 20 years. They knew what was going on behind our closed doors. They worked to help me when things got complicated. I could tell them in a simple email or message about his struggles because of emotional issues he was having. They worked extra hard on my son, just like they would any kid in need.
But even more importantly, they loved him extra hard for me because I knew he needed it.
Those are the teachers we have within school systems throughout the country. I am so thankful he is surrounded by love when I am not around.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day Charlotte.
I’m extra thankful for the teachers in my son’s life.
Oh – but in true single mother fashion, your appreciation gift will come later this week. Because.. mom brain