My Daughter’s Teacher and My Wife.

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The Evil Spawn has finally arrived in 4th grade. 

It’s her Senior year of elementary school.

Things are about to get “very interesting” (my first and only Arte Johnson reference).

When parents think about his or her child’s class, they have a tendency to focus on the teacher (when I think they should focus on the group of kids… far more important… but that’s another blog).

Everyone wants the “right” teacher.It's Going to Be a Looooong Night.

Some families want the nice teacher.

Some want the mean teacher.

Some want the teacher who loves technology.

Some want the teacher who puts on skits that the parents get to take off work so they can attend (ugh).

Some want the teacher older siblings had.

Me?  I always hope the Evil Spawn is promoted to the next grade so she gets a new teacher.

This year, I got lucky.

The Spawn got promoted!  I don’t mean to brag, but that’s 5 years in a row!  The streak continues!

That’s the good news.

The bad news is she has been placed in my wife’s class.

Yes, the Tech Queen and the Evil Spawn are combining forces.

This can’t be good.  For me.

It’s a lot of pressure to have your kid in your spouse’s class.

My wife is about to find out what I’ve always known.

The Evil Spawn is made up of half of me.

Not good.

Not good at all.

The quips.  The sarcasm.  The constant references to “comedy gold”.

This isn’t going to end well.

My wife is going to see what I’ve created.

It’s going to make for one long Parent-Teacher Conference.

I could be a failure as a father and a husband… all within 20 minutes (which would break my old record by 14 seconds).

I will no doubt spend the entire meeting sweating, looking at my watch, and cursing the day my daughter didn’t get held back.

As if things couldn’t get worse, my wife has her whole class blogging.  Now a bunch of 9 year olds are trying to root themselves into my line of work.  Double ugh.  Click HERE to read the future.

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8 Responses to “My Daughter’s Teacher and My Wife.”


  1. Karen
    on Sep 6th, 2010
    @ 7:48 am

    This will probably be the weirdest year of your life. Good luck!!


  2. Theresa
    on Sep 6th, 2010
    @ 8:03 am

    Exactly why I opted to not teach where my children were…I did not want to have my kids in class. I’m watching my department chair do this now and it’s not always fun. It could, however, be one of the best years for all!! Enjoy the senior year of elementary school :-)


  3. Diane
    on Sep 6th, 2010
    @ 8:28 am

    You have to keep us updated as the year goes by. I’m anticipating a lot of comedy gold!

    Looking forward to reading the kid blogs. I’m sure a lot of them will be hilarious as well. :)


  4. Shelly
    on Sep 6th, 2010
    @ 11:22 am

    Sounds like the makings of a very unusual year. My guess is it’s a small school so there wasn’t another class? I love the class blogging concept! I am going to share the idea with some of my teachers.


  5. Olwyn Hughes
    on Sep 6th, 2010
    @ 12:02 pm

    Wow! Good luck with that! My daughter had her aunt as her teacher last year and it did not go well! I hope that your experience is better.


  6. Alfred Thompson
    on Sep 6th, 2010
    @ 3:30 pm

    It worked out ok when I had my son in class. Of course that was in high school and it was an independent study. And my son is pretty close to perfect. At least that is what I will tell the students at the school where he is now a vice principal. :-)


  7. Pat
    on Sep 7th, 2010
    @ 5:58 am

    It might not be too bad. I was really surprised when my daughter was placed in my math class in tenth grade. What really shocked me was that she had gone to guidance and actually requested me! She had heard for years how I taught according to my student’s needs in my classroom and why it worked. She also knew the success rate of my class passing the exit exam was 100% and she felt I was what she needed. She asked me why she should have to go to another teacher’s class who wasn’t as effective just because I was her mom. For years she had heard how I wished other teachers taught the same way and how the students would be more successful. How could I argue with that? So, she was in my class and I admit, I may have been more critical of her work but it was a wonderful experience and she passed the exam!


  8. Warren Purdy
    on Sep 7th, 2010
    @ 6:40 pm

    Youch – I feel for you! I avoided teaching my own children (or they avoided me) although I did relieve a couple of classes they were in (they still bare the scars!). I also made sure I didn’t marry a teacher (what were you thinking??). All that school school school stuff and situations of dire consequence that you find yourself in. My only recommendation is go on the (spineless) attack – anonymous complaints, horse’s head in the bed kind of thing (although, on second thoughts, not a good idea if you have a double bed huh).

    Been adjusting to life without a job since returning to NZ. The gardens are weed free at least.

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