I have a warm feeling in my heart tonight. And do you know why that is ? I can tell you that the main cause of the lovely marshmallowy sensation is the fact that I've been to Parent/Teacher consultations tonight and the news is good !
Son #1 tends to breeze through school - he's bright and nothing phases him. His grades are always good, his behaviour excellent. Son #2 is a bright cookie too, but school has not always been the easy ride we would hope for. The little chap I sent off to Reception class 5 years ago was confident and brimming with enthusiasm for learning. Within the year the 2 teachers that he had managed to knock all of that out of him with their negative attitudes and lack of understanding. I hated to watch him shrink into himself and loathed those 2 women for what they did.
I must add, at this point, that they are long gone and the school knew that they needed to go. It has taken a long time to get my little happy fella back, but I think that this year especially, he is going to do well, with wonderful teachers who understand and care for him. As we talked I could see that they had his personality to a tee and I have seen this term that he is enjoying school. Their caring, enthusiastic approach is just marvelous.
I left the classroom with a spring in my step and real happiness in my belly... and that, my friends, is the warm feeling that is spreading through me right now.