Celebrating each child is so important at parent teacher conferences. My goal is always to let parents know how much I value their kiddo before getting into the nitty gritty of “but how is my kid really doing”. In twenty two years of teaching first and second graders, it has been a challenge to bring it at this time of the year. I’ve had the most difficult teaching year of my career. Isn’t this supposed to get easier? But I rest in the knowledge that it won’t last forever. I will make it to spring break. There will be a time I can breathe and go to the bathroom whenever I need to. School is tough. But, I’m in education for a reason. I promised and promise everyday to give each child a fresh slate, to greet every little face with warmth, compassion, understanding, and guidance. So today, I’m having two cups of coffee and I will bring it.