A Mom’s Letter to the New Teacher

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Dear New (Fabulous) Teacher to my Baby,

Welcome to the new school year!

It is time to embrace the hustle and bustle of new friendships, adjusting to schedules, and saying goodbye to late summer nights.

I know you, as a teacher, have spent countless hours prepping your room to make it warm and welcoming. You have lovingly arranged each seat and meticulously written out each name tag. Each book on the shelf has been hand-picked and each pencil sharpened to fill the room with the aroma of pencil shavings. Your bulletin board is a work of art that you spent hours arranging and removing staples until you were sure it hung straight.

You’ve lugged in boxes of treasures from thrifts sales and second hand stores that you have scoured to find this summer and pulled crumpled bills from your wallet in order to pay for all the things to make the space as inviting as possible. Money that will most likely not be reimbursed. I know your late evenings have been filled with pinning ideas on Pinterest that fit with the units that you can’t wait to dive into. Your lesson plans are arranged and color coded with the new fine tipped sharpies that were calling your name in the office supply aisle of Target! Oh and don’t even get me started on Target! (I’ll remember that for teacher appreciation week…) It has been a teacher haven of gorgeous materials that some how they knew you needed to have!

I know all these things in such detail because I was that teacher once. The start of the school year was always my favorite.
Now as a mom, it has a slightly different pull on my heart. A mix of such bittersweetness.

I’m handing you my baby. I’ll warn you I may cry. She is my world and my everything and I’m giving that treasure to you. I’m entrusting that you will build her up with love and positive affirmation. You will guide her in her choices and remind her to always have a kind heart. You will hold her to high standards because just like me, you believe she can achieve them.


When she fails, which she will, you will remind her that mistakes are how we learn. You will guide her to hold her head up high and continue to try. Leading by example, you will show her how to include everyone and think of others feelings before making a choice. That beauty comes from within and not just by the cute dress that she wears. She will look up to you with those big blue eyes and drink in every word that you say. She will believe that SHE truly can be and do anything because you have built her up and shown her the world of possibilities that are out there.

And if that isn’t enough, you will also teach all that academic stuff.

It’s a big job. I know. But like I did, you will create a family with these children in the year that you call them yours. And for that I can’t thank you enough. You have the hardest, most important job but I believe in you.


A choked-up, teary eyed Mom

My babies and me in from of my former school where I taught for six years.

*Featured picture Dear Humanity shirt from Future Idealist.

*Best Job Ever shirt from Ezra + Eli.

Another article that ties into this perfectly can be found on the Huffington Post here.

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10 thoughts on “A Mom’s Letter to the New Teacher”

  1. I enjoyed your lovely heartfelt letter! You truly know both sides (parent and teacher). We are very blessed to have such wonderful, caring teachers for our treasured children. It’s such an important step into the world. My prayers are for all children, teachers, staff, moms and dads to have a safe, productive, positive new school year!

    1. Thank you! We are very blessed that so many teachers love our children and give so much to inspire and help them grow! I too hope that this school year is an amazing one for all! Thank you for taking the time to read the blog!

  2. This def choked me up! I was a teacher and now I’m a stay at home mom. I’ve got a few years until my daughter reaches school age but I know I will feel all of these feelings once the time comes!

  3. What a sweet post. It’s so important to remember what a service teachers are doing and often a thankless one. Being a teacher is tough (I know because I homeschool and some days I don’t even want to teach my own kids let alone a classroom full of other people’s!!). So, cheers to the teachers, may their patience be long and the school year short ?

  4. Definitely a sweet post. When I dropped both of my babies off for their first days of Kindergarten, I managed to keep myself together most of the way out of the building. 😉 The real waterworks came once I closed myself in the car. haha Thank you for this post!

  5. Perfect! As a former teacher, too, I’m sure that’s how I’ll feel when my children start school. It’s so interesting to see things from the perspective of a teacher AND a parent. Love this!

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