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Lessons From a Room Mom

by Amy Crouse April 12, 2018

Lessons From a Room Mom


A month or so ago, I decided to volunteer in my youngest daughter's first grade class.

The teacher is brand new so I thought maybe an extra body once a week would be a good opportunity to get to know the kids, spend time with my girl and hopefully help the teacher out. After 4 visits to the class I have learned three things.

1. Kids rock!

I absolutely love kids. It's amazing to me that even at this young age they all have a quick wit, warm personalities and a desire to be accepted. They don't care what color my skin (or anyone else's) is!

Most importantly, they love having one on one time where someone gives them undivided attention and actually listens to them.

2. This small investment of time makes my daughter the happiest kid in town.

She lights up like a Christmas tree when I walk in the room. She can hardly stop hugging me for the first fifteen minutes I am there...which of course fills my bucket for her to be so happy to see me!

3. Teachers are overworked and underpaid.

This is not new news to me. I have a teaching degree and spent quite a few hours in the classroom when I was right out of college.

I am familiar with what it means to be "teacher tired". But this has been a reminder to me that teachers are amazing.

They have the ability to change the course of a child's life. They spend all day with the students (and their bodily fluids) and receive very little recognition or accolades in return. But they don't do it for the fame or money. They do it because they love the kids and want to make a difference in their lives.

For that I'd say they deserve the summers off!


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