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Sunday, August 23, 2015

5 Things Your Child's Teacher Should Know. . . A Few Parenting Tips

When you are entrusting your child to the teacher, it is important that the teacher and the school know and be aware of several things regarding your child.

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The parent teacher relationship is very important. The same way that you give the day care or caregiver information regarding your child's care should also be given to the school that your child is attending. Several things that come to my mind are as follows:

1. Allergies

Does your child have allergies? If so this needs to be conveyed to the teacher and the school. Your child's medicine such as an epipen or nasal inhaler should be at the school and made available should the student need it. Many schools are becoming more and more proactive with children's allergies by posting on the classroom door (Peanut allergies). Also some schools are suggesting not to bring snacks that contain peanuts to the classroom.

2. Asthma

Children that have been diagnosed with asthma should have their medications made known and available at the school. Since children do go outside for recess, there needs to be documentation in writing for the school and teacher that your child cannot go outside when the temperature drops below a certain temperature. Some schools may vary taking children outdoors in cooler and/or rainy weather and an asthmatic child may not be able to tolerate those types of temperatures.

3. Responsible Caregiver

The school and the teacher should be aware of the responsible care giver for your child. This is especially important if your child will be picked up from school by someone other than yourself. This protects your child in the event someone may want to kidnap or take your child against your will. Make it a point to become familiar with your child's teacher and the principle. They are there to help you and your child.

4. Emergency Number

Be sure to give your school and the teacher emergency numbers. They need a second number in the event that they are not able to reach you should your child become ill. There may come a time when your child does not feel well at school and may need to come home. I recall having to pick my grandson up from school when he was ill. I told him I was fishing when he called. His response was, “I am sorry I took you away from fishing.” My response was, “ You did not take me away, I was glad to come and spend time with one of my favorite grandchildren.” He smiled. We spent the rest of the day together which he seemed to thoroughly enjoy. My grandchild is very humble.

5. Family or Health Issues

There may be times that your family is struggling with health issues such as Cancer or possibly divorce or separation. Sometimes it may help to make the teacher aware of this. Cancer affects the entire family. If you are ill most of the time, let the teacher know the responsible person that may be helping temporarily. Sometimes that responsible person may be a cousin, nephew, grandparent, or even a close friend.

What other things can you think of that the teacher should know?

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  1. Excellent post Betty, thank you so much for sharing with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  2. Yes! These are all a big yes!

    My daughter has anaphylaxis allergy to dairy and we make sure all teachers/volunteers are aware of her allergies and that she carries an epi-pen. We also have a DVD to loan to teachers if they're unsure about administering an epi-pen.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely week.

  3. That is an awesome idea about the DVD Jennifer. Your welcome.