calling home to parents

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The ring tone sounds and bile

Begins to rise within my throat,

The hope the I will just go through

To voicemail, an easy ride,

The chance to quash the worry of

Those blundered words and even worse,

Them shouting at me for my cheek

At daring to confront their cherubs,

The children with the sunshine

Pouring out of their behinds.

I have put off phoning parents all through my training year and now the first three weeks of my actual career. It’s ridiculous, but my anxiety about it just meant that I dodged it whenever I could. As far as I was concerned, they would not be on my side and they would just shout at me.

So today, I reached that point where I had no choice but to do it. And you know what? It wasn’t bad at all.

It went so well that I actually found myself pathetically having a little cry in the car on the way home. Just five years ago I didn’t think I was worthy of anything more than the retail jobs that I had been doing. I couldn’t imagine myself talking to important people or having difficult conversations.

I look at that version of myself and it’s hard to marry her up with who I am now. I’m not doing anything special, I’m just doing normal things that I never thought possible for me. It makes all that pain feel worthwhile knowing that now I can do anything if I just train myself to get through it.

Much Love

Rachel xx

6 thoughts on “calling home to parents

  1. Margot Kinberg

    I’m so glad it all went better than you’d feared, Rachel. Most parents, I’ve found, are decent people who are trying to do the best they can for their kids. Unfortunately, there are some who are… challenging, and that can sap the strength. But in the main, I’ve found that most parents want to have a decent relationship with their child’s teacher. I’ve also found that if you contact parents with good news (e.g. ‘I just wanted you to know that _____ was a real leader in class today.’ or… ‘_____’s been writing some fine essays.’), they manage it much better when you have to give them bad news or discuss a problem.

    1. patientandkindlove

      Yes, I agree totally. I did email one of the dad’s to say that the behaviour had improved since I’d spoken to him and it went down really well. They want to hear that their kids are impressing their teachers.

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