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A Letter To My Child


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A Letter To My Child

Dear Child,
The beginning of every school year is tough. Tough for you, tough for your parents and tough for your teachers. I’m sure you realize how anxious we are at home; I just need to explain to you why your teacher is just as anxious.

    • She is worried about her new students, whether they will like her or not.
    • She is worried about whether she’ll be able to explain to them and they understand her well.
    • She is worried about whether the parents will like her or give her a hard time.
    • She is worried about whether she’ll be able to finish the lessons she has to explain to you on time.
    • She is worried about how long will it take her to be able to control the noise in class.
    • She is worried about how long will it take her to earn your respect and love at the same time.


Your teacher’s job is hard; taking care of more than 20 students in one class is not an easy job. Having to deal with different students with different characters and different demands is not an easy job at all. Yet, guess what? Teachers do suffer consequences too just like you. If she doesn’t do her job well, is late to school for no good reason, or doesn’t correct you work on time, she has to suffer consequences just like you when you don’t do your homework. This is to make sure everyone does their job efficiently.

Your teacher deserves your respect and appreciation just like you deserve hers.

How to show respect for your teacher:

  • Listening to what she is saying without interrupting her.
  • If you need to talk or add something to what she is saying, ask for her permission by putting your hand up or by saying: “excuse me, can I say something please?”
  • She can’t be talking to you while you’re talking to your friend. This will only show her that you don’t care about what she is saying.
  • If she asks you to hand in an assignment, please do it on time. This shows her that you respect her request and trust her that this will help you with your learning.
  • Your teacher needs kind words of encouragement just like you do. You can tell her comments such as: “Today I had fun learning about this lesson”, or “I really think you were so good at explaining this mathematical problem” or just a simple “Thank you” at the end of the day.

Finally, know that your teacher is a human being just like you. There will be days when she is ill-tempered, others when she is sick, and others when she will make mistakes or not see the truth in situations just like we all do. In all cases, respect should always be there.

Hope this helps.

Have a lovely school year my dearest child.



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Noha Abu-Sitta

Noha is a certified Health Coach by Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and a passionate mother of two. Through her blog, she hopes to empower families and parents to lead a healthy, happy and well balanced life inside out.

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