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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

6 ways to be the teacher or day care provider's favorite



I'll admit it, I want teachers and day care providers to like me best. Does that make me a pathetic brown-noser? Maybe. I figure the good will undoubtedly will extend to my kids. For babysitters, day care workers, coaches and teachers, I don't want to be "that" mom. I want them to look forward to seeing us.

At any open house night my question is always, "What's your pet peeve?" I think there are far too many times we do something we think is minor that throws their whole day off or is terribly annoying.

Here's some of the answers I've gotten to that question over the years:

Be on time: One of the reasons many day cares have a $1 a minute late pickup charge is because too many parents blow in, bluster about traffic and rush out without thinking how they may have ruined the evening plans for their child care providers. For school-aged kids, being tardy is not a quirk. Being on time -- or better yet, being early -- shows respect.

Be well stocked: Keep your day care well stocked with diapers and supplies. Make sure your school supplies are in order. If you can, contribute to your teacher's Adopt A Class fund so she doesn't use her own money to buy paper and printer cartridges (something that's been slashed in school budgets lately)

Get some sleep: Try to stay on the same nap schedule as the day care on weekends. Make sure the kids get to bed on time on school nights. Studies show sleep is the best way to foster brain development.

Keep sick kids home: They know that trick of loading a kid up with Tylenol and then dropping them off so you can work a few hours at work until you get a call at noon that your child has spiked a fever and needs to be picked up. Do I even need to say how disrespectful this is to her and the other kids you have now potentially gotten sick?

Attend conferences: This is the best way to stay on top of how your child is doing and how you can help.

Say thank you: Be generous if you can at Christmas or during Teacher Appreciation Week, but a sincere thank you note is really all that's needed. Let them know how much you appreciate their help in raising great kids.

For teachers and child care providers, what would you add to this lilst? For parents, how do you foster this relationship?

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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