Today while I was pumping gas, this lady at the pump beside me was going on and on about her child's teacher. She apparently was very unhappy because she thought her kid had been treated unfairly in the classroom.
Being a teacher, I was listening to every word she said and I began to wonder...
I wondered if I knew the teacher.
I wondered if my parents talked about me like that.
I wondered if the child had really been treated unfairly.
I wondered if the mother said all of these things in front of the child.
Then, what did I see in the back seat? The kid...
This made me so sad... Talking about your kid's teacher in front of the kid is probably the worst thing you can do for the teacher, yourself, and the kid. It damages the relationship because the kids always tell us what parents say. The kid loses respect for the teacher because mama doesn't respect him/her. It is a lose-lose situation.
I learned a valuable lesson today... Someone is ALWAYS listening!