Jessica Turner
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Jessica Turner is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive, and blogs on The Mom Creative. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be...

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  1. Thank you for this sweet post. I am a mom of school age children and a Kindergarten teacher. Anything a family does for me during the year is so appreciated. But especially this time of year as we are putting in long hours preparing for Open House and the end of the year. It is a bittersweet time as we celebrate all the children have learned and prepare to let them go! Thanks again!

  2. Jessica,
    As a preschool teacher for many years and the mother of a middle school teacher, I can’t emphasize enough how wonderful it feels to be appreciated. We would work long hours asking nothing more than a word of thanks. Gift cards are an especially appreciated gift, but more than that, take the time to write to your child’s teacher about how they have impacted your child’s life. I have many “thank you” notes that I have saved because they meant so much to me. Thanks for a great and timely post!

    • As a former teacher myself, I say “Amen” to your idea, Bev. A handwritten note about the impact we’ve had in a child’s life is hugely encouraging and meaningful.

      Thank you, Jessica, for letting parents know: a word of appreciation or a small gift for their kids’ teachers is a great way bless them.

  3. My husband teaches third grade and this time of year is so stressful – thank you for thinking of teachers and for a very practical way to show them that we care 🙂 I think I’ll do this for my daughter’s daycare teachers as well!

  4. Thank you so much for this post! I am a high school teacher and appreciate it so much. Each child has so many high school teachers that we often don’t get the “gifts” that some earlier grades get, but I LOVE my kids and feel blessed to get to teach them each day for they have taught me far more about life than I could have ever taught them!

  5. My daughter is a first year teacher in NYC and this special week of Teacher Appreciation I know will just bless her so. She always says the children are the reason she is a teacher. Teaching is not an easy profession and it is not a 9-3pm job nor Summers off especially for someone that has not gotten a Masters yet. My daughter spends a good chunk of her down time planning and grading. At 23 years old I think she would rather be enjoying the sights of NYC and she does but not as much as she would like 🙂

    Thank you for the tags.

  6. My daughter homeschools her almost-11 year old son and I’m glad to get this reminder. I am ordering Mom (my daughter) a Pandora charm for this occasion. I so appreciate her sacrificing her time and schedule to give my grandson a good, Godly education!

  7. I love this post, Jessica. Thank you for the reminder that teachers grow and shape our children sometimes as much as we are able as parents. My dad was a teacher his entire life. And when he passed away two years ago this May, our family received emails, faxes and phone calls from former students (some students from 50 years previous) who told us Daddy had changed their lives…their perspective about life…but most importantly had given them a different personal view. The thought that they could succeed in any endeavor. We were tremendously blessed by these testimonials and comforted in the knowledge that, though a teacher’s salary can be meager, their worth is incomparable. Daddy wouldn’t have had it any other way and we were so proud of his life’s work. Thank you for the encouragement to encourage the teachers in our midst.

  8. My husband is a principal and just got a note from a parent yesterday thanking him for something he had done. It meant the world to him! Even the small things mean a lot!

  9. just a quick THANK YOU for this post – heart-warming, necessary (sad in a way too that we don’t usually think of THANKING the teachers for all their work) and beautifully written.

  10. As a former high school teacher, I love seeing how teacher’s are loved up on once a year. The journal and tags are so beautiful.

  11. I was a teacher for eight years before I became a stay at home momma. The smallest gesture of appreciation is felt deeply…my favorites were handmade cards with thoughtfully written notes. <3

  12. I am a teacher, and this post warmed my heart! Thank you for celebrating the teachers in the lives of your children!! And if I may? Parents of older children — your teachers *still* care – still lose sleep over your son/daughter — still pray for your child, their student. Take a moment and remember the middle level and high school teachers as well. We love your kids too! 🙂

  13. My oldest sister was an elementary school teacher. She worked long hours during school and after. She got stuff and created things to teach them more than the basics.

    Teachers are to be commended for the hard job they have and the great job they do teaching our children!


  14. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article plus the rest of the site
    is also really good.

  15. Thanks for the tags! I’m printing off the second page and using them on a skewer for a potted plant for our children’s teachers. Thank you for sharing this wonderful design for our use!