Being a teacher is a lot of work. You have to navigate the unique personalities and learning styles of a crop of students, manage lesson plans and grading, all while making education appealing to restless youngsters.
To add to this load, teachers are consistently underpaid, and are often expected to raise and nurture kids far outside the bounds of education. Whether consciously or subconsciously, neglectful and stressed out parents often don't consider how their lack of parenting affects a teacher's job.
If parents regularly start a kid's day by pouring stress and negativity onto them, it's only natural that the child will enter class feeling droopy and unable to focus on the lesson.
'Listen up. If you have kids in school, make the last thing they hear from you something happy. Don't bitch at them or get on to them in the morning before they get on the bus...no matter what. It can wait until after school. The kids who are sad just have it written all over their face. It's stressful being a kid and middle school sucks for them.'
'Kids are brutal enough so they don't need their f*cking parents giving them sh*t all the time, too. Stick a note in their lunch box or in their back pack. Tell them you love them and you hope they have a wonderful day. Tell them you're thinking about them. Tell a joke or say something funny.'
'I'm usually the first person they see in the morning. Some of them have been crying. If I put my arm around them and ask them 'What's up' they say they got in trouble for their outfit or their hair. Pick your f*cking battles and pick them after school.'
'My last words to my daughters as I drop them off at school, are usually something like ' kick ass, take names, and I love you.'
'I was one of those kids. If you want your children to do well, don't sent them to school distracted like that. Breeds anxiety and doubt.'
'As a teacher, I agree. Don't take out your shortcomings on your kids. Parents are late and start wailing on their kids like it their fault.'
Hopefully this post reminds a few stressed out parents the importance of ending the morning with 'I love you,' sadly though, the parents who are the most insidious culprits are unlikely to be changed by an internet post.