Back in preschool, my daughter's teachers offered special
meetings to help parents best prepare for kindergarten. I sat with them and asked
them questions like how I could help her succeed and how I could be the
teacher's best ally, all the while my daughter played in the corner of the
room. I thought she wasn't listening, but she was.
This became apparent the first week of school, when I forgot
to send a water bottle with her.
"I thought you were going to be a good kindergarten
mom!" my daughter said, glaring at me.
All I could think of to say was, "Well, that's not a
very nice thing to say."
When I ate the Veggie
Straws it tasted like I was so disappointed in you.
In the weeks before my daughter started kindergarten, I
thought I was prepared for everything. We had a new outfit, all the school
supplies, a new backpack, three schedules synced with my Google calendar and a
gift for the teacher. What I was not prepared for was my daughter's opinions on
my performance as a newly minted kindergarten mom.
Here are five of the scorching opinions she's had as a
1. When I forgot that
P.E. was on Monday and not Tuesday and sent her with the wrong shoes:
"They said my fashion shoes wouldn't work for gym. Fashion
2. When I sent Teddy Grahams for snacks instead of Veggie
"It's OK, you forgotted. But when I ate the Veggie
Straws, it tasted like I was so disappointed in you."
3. When I forgot to
wash her rest time blanket and sent it back to school:
"Maybe there are kindergarten mom lessons you can
4. After getting frustrated when her new friend wouldn't
introduce himself to me:
"He's just in kindergarten, he hasn't learned manners
5. On a boy at her
school who doesn't follow the rules: