I think this time period in my life is all about growth.
Today, I definitely had a moment where I realized I’ve grown; in the past, a parent questioning every. thing. I. do. would leave me fuming. I would get an email from this parent, and I’d remain agitated all night.
It seems every year I have one parent who just grates on my nerves, and I can never do anything good enough for this person. This is where all of my focus would be. Never mind the fact I had 20-28 other families who were happy with what I was doing with their kids.
One day during recess, I was talking to a student in another class. She was so upset over something, and I just asked her if it was worth it. Was it that big of a deal? Was it worth having a horrible rest of the day? No? Ok, let it go! Later that night, I got an email from that year’s parent. BAM- emotional spike! And then I thought about the conversation I had with that student that day, and it hit me that I was doing the same thing.
Ever since that night, I’ve been working on this. Today, I realized I’d made a lot of growth. Sure, there are some times where this still gets to me, but more often than not I’m able to get over it and not let it ruin my day. Yay growth!