Thursday Open Thread

September 20, 2012

It’s Thursday!

And something happened the other day that made my Mami heart sing.

In DD’s 2nd grade classroom, there is a behavior chart with numbered clothespins on it. The kids are instructed to “pin up” or “pin down,” depending on their behavior. I received this email from Maya’s teacher:

I wanted to relay a story that happened at school today. The class was having a chatty moment and had already had several reminders to work quietly. I finally said, “If you are talking, please move your pin.” Needless to say, it got very quiet in the room. I repeated my message to the class and slowly (and reluctantly) Maya got up from her seat and started making her way to the pin chart. I then said, “Boys and girls you need to be honest, if you were talking you need to move your pin.” Since Maya got up several more kids got up to move their pins, but I am certain had she not gotten up at the first message, the others would not have. I complemented Maya on her honesty and how much I appreciate that she got up to move her pin since she knew she was talking…even though she was the only one. She was told she could move her pin back up for being honest. I am telling you this because I was very proud of Maya. I know she did not want to move her pin, but she did because it was the right thing to do. It shows a strong sense of character to do the right thing when everyone else around you isn’t…she is a sweet girl. You should be proud of her actions today…I am 🙂

The kids have been a handful lately and I have been short on patience. I was so, SO grateful that Maya’s teacher took the time to send me a note relaying this small moment. Every once in a while, it’s nice to hear that maybe, just maybe, you’re doing things right as a parent  😀

What have been some of your proudest parenting moments? Please share them!

What else is on your mind today? Chat away!