A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry Adams

The only other profession that seems to be sometimes as thankless as motherhood is teaching.

I can think back on so many teachers that influenced where I am today.

Where would I be as a professional without my kindergarten teacher that taught me how to read? Or as a mom, without my high school English teacher that gave me the love for literature so I can pass it onto my own children? My gratitude list is endless.

As we send our children back to school, I wanted to put together a list of ways that as moms we can show teacher we appreciate what they do. So, I asked a few friends that are, or have been teachers, to give some input on this blog post. A few of them are English teachers…..so I will own my grammatical mistakes right now :) Here is what they had to say:

1. Notes

“Notes that say thanks; especially if they are specific about one or two things. The few student and parent notes I’ve gotten over the years, I’ve kept (and sometimes find during a patticulary defeating time in my career). Thay make a big difference and are truly appreciated.”

2. A smile with eye contact
3. Help in the classroom
4. Help on field trips
5. A surprise donut, soda, or muffin at some odd time. (Lunch is also a huge hit. We did this in our preschool for a semester. Each mom on her Volunteer Day brought lunch for the teachers. Just think, they cannot go out to lunch during the school year.)
6. Telling the administrators you love your teacher
7. Ask if the classroom needs any supplies
8. Gift card to the teacher store
9. Reading the notes in the folder!
10 Prayer for teacher, students and school.

11. Speak well of the teacher, especially to those that may not be so supportive. (Yeah…as moms we can easily get on a negative bandwagon…can’t we…I know I’m guilty.)

Thanks to my friends for helping me. You are modern day heroes!

If you are a teacher, I’d love to hear some of your comments on how other Moms have show you support.




  • Carri

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am the mother of a 5 yr old that is starting kindergarten next week. Any advice right now is greatly appreciated!