Impromptu history lesson in the Cheung playroom this evening (alternately titled: do you have ideas for books for little boys?)
I'm allowed to finally tell you that (DUN DUN DUN):

In which I learn my child has an alternate (and better behaved!) personality when he's not around me. (OBVS)

Had parent teacher conferences tonight. Pretty much the only thing Jack's teacher wanted to talk about is how much he reads, how much he likes reading, how well he's doing, how he talks about what he's reading with his reading partner, how cute they are when they're reading together, etc. etc. etc. So. Also the part where she said that he's such a great direction-follower and probably knows what to do in the class better than she does - are we talking about the same kid? 

(Also: my projected fears about J increase with every teacher conversation. If he's so much like First Grade Me, what sort of terrible psychological disorder will he have at age 22? I'm sorry, Jack! I will pay for all the therapy!)

Molly's teacher knows that my parents are former teachers. Tonight he said to me, "You know, sometimes I think you're reluctant to talk to me because you don't want to be THAT PARENT, you know, the ones you heard your parents talking about. So let me tell you: don't worry. You are NOT that parent. Please come talk to me about ANYTHING."

So obviously he's now my favorite person in the world. He understands my psychological disorders and showers me with affirmation. 

We had all three with us for conferences, which I would have rather DIED than do last year, but this year it was just a necessary evil. Jack and Molly alternately showed off and kept busy. Emma talked. And talked and talked and sang and shouted and barked orders at her siblings and I wondered aloud what her first parent teacher conference will be like. "She's a great kid, but she has to sit in this tiny plexiglass cage by herself because no one can hear themselves think."

What's the other thing I was going to tell you. OH! Katie and I are through with the recipe and label misery! Mostly! There are a few things we're missing, but for the most part, all of the recipes and labels have been typed and edited and YAY. It took me half an hour to write up the packaging process for all of our items and Katie is working on the list of what equipment we will use and how we will clean it. (YES.) Basicaly we're 99% done with the hardest part. The rest of the application will just be writing up some processes, printing everything out, putting it together, and writing the check. And I will be super excited until our packet is returned with a bunch of corrections. SIGH. But I'm feeling motivated and optimistic for now. So motivated that I started working on our bakery website and it just feels REAL! 

Things that stink: I am a terrible web designer, I have no graphic design skills, and it takes me forever to do really simple things. However, I do work for free and at this point that's the only job requirement. Also I have a basic grasp of English so people who use our website will at least have the right information. Other things that stink: I really want to start advertising what we can do for Christmas and I'm almost certain we won't be legal by then. More things that stink: wondering if people will actually order stuff from us. I DON'T KNOOOOOOW! NAIL BITING!!!!!!

 

 

Comments

april

We managed to schedule parent-teacher conference before we had to pick up the kids from daycare/aftercare and I'm scared to do it any other way. I was nervous, but I really liked conferencing! Can we do it every other week?

Christina

Molly teacher just won the teacher of the year award in my book. Seriously, such a great thing to tell you!
Also, I used to hear wonderful things about Z at conferences that meant he was behaving way better at school. Sad to say, those days are past. Somewhere in the middle of elementary school he decided he could be himself, I guess. Oh well! Though I have to admit, now I kind of laugh and say "welcome to the club!"

HereWeGoAJen

I'm kind of nervous about parent teacher conferences. We've got our first one ever coming up in a few weeks. They send home weekly reports so I should pretty much know what they are going to say but still.

K

I think you're amazing for conquering that recipe-writing-documentation process. My LANDS.

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