I was worried, a little, after the parent teacher conference we had about Riley in November. Maybe even a lot sometimes. I don’t really expect my children to excel in school, I just want them to be happy. My greatest hope is that they enjoy the experience of school, and that they make friends. I fretted about his teacher’s observation that he was having some social challenges. We talked and talked about it — despite his visible discomfort — but I wasn’t sure if things had improved.

This week he came home with his first report card. It said he’s making solid progress in reading, and tests right at grade level. His reading comprehension is excellent, he shows strong math skills, and thrillingly, he loves writing.

But here’s the part that brought tears to my eyes:

Riley has many friends at school. In the fall he did not have the skills he needed to talk to other children, which resulted in some “tattling” and hurt feelings. I am happy to report that he is able to calm himself, see those things from the other person’s perspective, and work with other children to resolve their differences.

Riley’s work habits make him a model student. The other children follow his quiet lead. He is a sensitive and caring boy who really enjoys school.

What is there to say, except that I am so proud of him. And so, so happy to hear things are going well.

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Melissa
Melissa
9 years ago

Hooray! I can only imagine how absolutely huge your heart felt when you read this!! So awesome.

Kelly
Kelly
9 years ago

Wow! That is a keeper. Congrats to all of you!

Rachel Delaurier
9 years ago

What an insightful and honest remark from his teacher. I find I have to pull that info out of some of my kids’ teachers. This one’s a keeper. Stay with her, she sounds wonderful.

Mariya
Mariya
9 years ago

That would make any Mother beam! What amazing feedback to get :) Give that little dude a big hug and a high five!

Randy
Randy
9 years ago

Can you say scrapbook?

JudithNYC
JudithNYC
9 years ago

“The other children follow his quiet lead.”

The whole report card and teacher’s comment is amazing but the above sentence had me yelling “YEAH!”

Congratulations, Riley and mom.

melanie
melanie
9 years ago

What a fantastic report!

nonsoccermom
9 years ago

Woo! How terrific! That is so great.

wordygirl
9 years ago

Way to go, Riley! Yay!

Connie
Connie
9 years ago

Shoot- I am not even a parent and this made me cry like a baby. Go Riley!

Penne
Penne
9 years ago

Ice cream for dinner!

Sonia
Sonia
9 years ago

Way to go Riley!

sooboo
sooboo
9 years ago

Go Riley! Wow, that teacher has a nice turn of phrase.

Cara
Cara
9 years ago

That’s fantastic news! Ya know what kind of feedback my first grader gets on his report card? Just a collection of 3’s and 4’s and S for “satisfactory” or E for “excellent”. It’s wonderful that your teacher takes the time to write such thoughtful comments.

Sarah
Sarah
9 years ago

I’m proud for you! What an awesome review!! Way to go, Riley!

Alison
Alison
9 years ago

What wonderful words to hear about your boy. Our oldest (5) is having trouble in preschool right now. He’s not quiet like yours, far from it in fact. We meet with his teachers on Monday in hopes to find a plan to make things better for him. I was so happy to read this, it gives me hope!

Callie
9 years ago

As mom of a boy who sounds a lot like Riley, I am excited for you and would love to know what those conersations with him consisted of. :)

June
9 years ago

Aww, hooray! What wonderful news.

joaaanna
joaaanna
9 years ago

How wonderful!~ What great news to rest your mind.

H
H
9 years ago

I’m so happy for all of you!

Angella
9 years ago

Aw, I got teary. That’s the best thing to hear. xo

ememby
9 years ago

That is definitely a kid to be proud of!

sarah
sarah
9 years ago

Why does my chest feel puffed up proud about a boy I don’t know?? :) Such an awesome, awesome thing! So happy for your mama heart to and even more happy for him!

KeraLinnea
9 years ago

Oh, yay Riley!! He must have worked so hard on his social stuff. What a great kid! You deserve every bit of pride that you feel for him, Linda.

Randy
Randy
9 years ago

Hope he doesn’t have any imaginary hand grenades.

Redbecca
Redbecca
9 years ago

That’s so great, Linda! Isn’t it amazing what just a few months can do for a kid’s development?

deanna
deanna
9 years ago

this is AWESOME. way to go riley, and way to go mom and dad!! :)

Julia
Julia
9 years ago

wow, what a lovely comment. keep in mind that they are still growing and learning and you’ll see improvement as they do so. The news in the fall is generally followed with improvement — he’s a gem :)

Alice
Alice
9 years ago

*weep*

Lisa
Lisa
9 years ago

Yay! I’ve always been amazed at the things you post about Riley, he sounds so, so much like my own son, right down to the worries and concerns you’ve shared. I can say, it really does turn out O.K. Mine is a freshman and for the 10th year now we’ve heard exactly what you’ve posted: quiet leadership, great work habits, lots of friends. Other worries will come and go, but you’ve got a great kid there. :) Good work mama!

Jill
Jill
9 years ago

I have saud before our sons are a lot a like. But I had the exact conference in Nov. and it really hit me. As a teacher I had been there before, but on the other side of the table. We have hit our stride too and I celebrate it like it’s an Olympic medal.

Jill
Jill
9 years ago

*said, alike* =tired mama

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