Say thank you to teachers for educating your children

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By Renee Sloan, Page Designer/Staff Writer

As I peek around the corner of his bedroom, I see my son, Levi, sleeping soundly. He’s stretched out in this crib, with his arm around his stuffed dog.

I dread the battle ahead of me. I know Levi will cry and scream as I wake him from his peaceful sleep and get him dressed for day care. But it’s what I have to do. The fit will only last a short time. As soon as we are out the door, he will be happy again. That’s because he knows he’s going to day care.

My son and I are fortunate—he goes to a wonderful child-care facility. The teachers are loving, caring and nurturing. When I go to pick him up, they are always reading to children, teaching them songs, or playing with them. They really care about the children in their facility.

After chasing Levi around the house this past weekend, I realized what a difficult job they have. I can’t imagine what it must be like to take care of a dozen children at one time. They change diapers, wipe noses and comfort crying children, and they do it eight hours a day, five days a week.

All child-care workers have to be teachers—even when they work with infants. They are instrumental in helping children learn to eat, walk and talk. My son has learned so much from his day-care teachers. Most recently he has mastered parts of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and counting to three.

Since Levi started day care, I have also learned a lot. The most important thing I have learned is these ladies know what they’re doing. How else could they get a roomful of toddlers to sit down and eat at the table without chaos and flying food? Sometimes I would like to take them home with me so they can teach me a thing or two.

Working moms could not make it without the reliable, caring professionals who teach in child-care centers. I rely on them more than they could ever know.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-9. Take time to show your child’s teachers how much you appreciate all they do.

I would like to take the time to say thank you to all the teachers at my son’s day-care facility. Thank you for helping working moms like me make it through each day.