Steeping tea over insightful conversations last January 23, 2014 was the first of a series of this delightful way to spend a late afternoon until early evening with the parents of our students. Pre-kinder moms and dads who participated in the re launch ofTea Time with Teacher Mom experienced sharing of best parenting practices amidst a relaxed atmosphere. See how we transformed the Music and Movement Room into a cozy Tea Shop!
It was a perfect time to bond with our parents – for us to get to know them more as well as for them to understand why we do the things we do in school. Doing away with the formalities and bringing a casual ambiance into the occasion allowed us to share openly and listen willingly to what each one had to say.
We have our own challenges with our students in school, and as parents, with our children at home. Different approaches in supporting children, giving the necessary follow through and aligning our practices in school with those at home were specified in the handouts distributed to our parents. Though adjustments may be made with varying contexts, we all agreed that this guide serves as a useful tool.
After Tea Time with Teacher Mom, here’s what some of the Pre-Kinder parents had to say:
“It was very helpful. The informal set-up helped us relax and feel comfortable. We also appreciated that other parents shared their experiences and asked questions regarding best parenting practices.”
“We learned that we can discipline our children in a way that allows them to still make “directed” choices. One of the moms even shared a pleasant behavior where the daughter said, “Excuse me, Mommy,” instead of just interrupting her conversation with another parent. She was very pleased and wondered where she learned it. Apparently, she learned it from the school.”
“At home, I am surprised to see how our kids react to certain situations. They do good things that I know I wasn’t able to teach them because of my busy schedule.”
“I liked it when Teacher Mom shared her experiences in raising her kids. She used different approaches in disciplining them.”
The next round of Tea Time with Teacher Mom will be with the Kinder parents on February 20, 2014, 5:30pm.
Would this activity be your cup of tea? What topics would you like us to bring to the table? We’d love to hear from you.