Honestly I was always scared of Parent Teacher Meetings as a child. Probably it is one of the perks of being an average child. I remember the standard comment which followed year on year in all my report cards -” Good show! But can do better”. I could never figure out what it meant and honestly didn’t really care what my teachers thought, as long as my Mom was happy with the scores.
For as long as I remember I wanted to grow up fast, so that I have to stop studying and get out of the cycle of exams and report cards. And then it happens – I grow up, land a job, have an adorable daughter, start a business, and I think – Whew it seems to be over! But it is not!!!
I have my daughters Parent Teacher Meeting today and deny as I might, I still have those butterflies in my stomach. Try as I might, to coax her to tell me how she scored, she refuses to reveal the secret. At her age, her score is directly proportional to the amount of quality effort I have invested in her. So it is essentially not her score, but in a way mine.
Thankfully I am beyond the stage where school report cards determined how good I or even she are as persons. I keep telling myself to shake out the fear, and not be scared of teachers anymore, but honestly I still am more worried about what they say, than some of my most important clients.
Amidst all this, one thing I am proud of is the fact that my daughter doesn’t care a damn about the report card. All she cares about is what I think of her – She knows she is and always will be the best for me, no matter what the teacher or the report card have to say! In fact, we have a business plan in mind for all the zeroes that she scores – we plan to open an omelette shop with all those andaas. Some use we have to put them to!