Parents’ evening pride

I’ve got a couple of bright kids in my younger two. I know that. I know they’re also likeable kids who are good at sport. But I’m biased, right?

Every parents’ evening, I hear glowing reports from their teachers. They don’t tell me anything I don’t already know, but it’s so nice to hear that what I think I know isn’t biased. That they really are talented kids, who are also kind and helpful and funny.

But this year, parents’ evening surprised even me.

My daughter has a job-share this year. A double act. Job-shares aren’t to everyone’s tastes. In all our years of school, this is the first time we’ve had one for the entire school year. This one is a really good one – two talented and experienced female teachers who’ve taught at the school for a long time and work really well together.

‘First, thank you! Thank you for giving her to us!’

They told us how hard she works, how much pride she takes, how thoughtful and kind and polite she is. What a good friend. How good she is at sport. How sociable she is. How they try not to make her star of the day every day, but she very often is. They couldn’t fault her. There is no area where she needs to try harder or take more care.

Her academic achievements are impressive too. Our school looks very closely at points and levels – basically the levels that you get in SATs at the end of year 2 and year 6 all have a points score and there are lots of points in between. The school always knows exactly what point a child is working at in reading, writing and maths. My daughter is working at a whole four points (or two sub-levels), or more than an academic year ahead of where she should be, in reading, writing and maths. As well as being kind and friendly and helpful and all those other things you want for your child.

The teachers said hers was their easiest parents’ evening in the class.

And so to my son. My son is something else. He is incredibly intelligent across the board.

But we sat down and his teacher said: ‘I have NEVER met such a well-rounded character’.

Now that is something to be really proud of. My son is as clever as those weird, geeky kids you see on the telly who have no social skills. His teacher said kids who are academically gifted usually have something different – either lacking social skills or finding sport difficult. But he DOES have social skills. And he’s good at sport. He has lots of friends and is well-liked by kids of all abilities. He knows how bright he is, but he’s not arrogant and doesn’t judge people who aren’t as talented as himself.

That’s what I’ve always admired about my son. He is very clever, but he’s normal and likeable. Nobody who sees him on the rugby pitch or the football pitch would ever pick him out as the clever kid. And that’s something to be proud of in itself.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. Ahh that’s a brilliant parents evening and I hope you skipped home after reports like that. They sound like very lovely children.

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  2. What a FAB parents evening and quite rightly that you are so proud. You also have to take a lot of credit for them as well. Love reading this #pocolo

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  3. Yay what a lovely parents evening to be able to sit and hear such lovely lovely comments! xxx

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  4. Such a fantastic parents evening, with wonderful comments. How proud you must be, and rightly so. Well done to them (and you!) xx

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  5. Aww great parents evening, I can imagine you bursting with pride 🙂 thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop …

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  6. Oh my word Sarah, you must have been brimming with pride! It’s so lovely to hear people speak highly of your kids, but those comments would have blown me away 🙂 #PoCoLo

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  7. Thanks very much, everyone! I really was bursting with pride and happiness! I know how bright and good they are, but it’s great to hear it from someone else.
    Thanks, Cathie, I asked my son why he was so good and he said it must be because of us! What a lovely thing to say. There’s no secret to my parenting, but somehow I’m clearly doing something right! x

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  8. Oh, you must be so proud of them. Wonderful comments – and a credit to you and your husband xx #PoCoLo

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  9. You must have been positively beaming, beautiful post 🙂 #PoCoLo

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  10. Well done to both of them – it is nice to hear all those nice things. Sounds like they work hard too.

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  11. How absolutely wonderful. You must be bursting with pride – and rightly so! You did this 🙂 Thank you so much for linking to PoCoLo x

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  12. Aww I bet you are so proud :). I bet you left with a huge smile on your face like a grinning Cheshire Cat! Linking up via the weekend blog hop

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  13. That is fab. It is wonderful to hear such great things about your children!

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  14. awww honey what a beautiful post and more importantly what fantastic kids!!! thank you for sharing and linking up with #MagicMoments x

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  15. It’s great to hear others commending your children, nothing quite like that feeling of pride. #MM

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  16. This is exactly how my son is.
    You have taught your son well, you are a credit to him.

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  17. Oh my goodness, no wonder you are proud! This is amazing Sarah, credit to you and your husband because no matter what brains/sporting abilities they are dealt at birth, good character is taught by parents (I believe). Lovely post 🙂

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  18. Sounds like you have a rare pair! My brother was a bit of a genius – but shy. Not geeky, just reluctant to talk to people.

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  19. I’d be super proud too. Your son sounds like my son. He is on the gifted and able register in our school and his teachers’ can’t get over how sociable is and how much he enjoys doing sports as usually kids with high abilities aren’t like that. Well done to both of them. They sound like a real credit to you!

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  20. Thanks very much, everyone! I really am very proud of them. Really appreciate everyone who said it must be down to us too!

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  21. Great proud mummy moment, well done to you and your children, they are a credit to you. x #magicmoments

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  22. What a fantastic parents evening report, definitely two little superstars making you proud.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0) (Sorry It’s taken me a while to get round to this post)
    x

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