Everyone wants to impress their child's teacher ... but these days, a shiny apple just isn't going to get the job done.
Here are some ways to win points with your child's teacher:
1) Make sure your child arrives at school prepared and on time.
If your child is constantly coming to class late or without his/her homework, it reflects poorly on the parent (you!).
2) Volunteer in your child's classroom.
If your kid's school allows parent volunteers, give your time. It will earn you respect and allow you to develop a relationship with the teacher (and get a feel for his/her teaching style, too).
3) Attend events like "back-to-school" night.
This will allow you to meet the teacher and see what goes on in the classroom. Make every effort to be there for this -- being a no-show sends the message that you just don't care that much.
4) Compliment your child's teacher.
If you notice something you like -- or that your child has mentioned liking -- make it a point to bring it up. Teachers don't get enough positive reinforcement, and (sincere) flattery goes a long way.
5) Ask if the teacher needs any classroom supplies.
Each year, teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money on things for the classroom. Offering to purchase things the class needs will not only earn the admiration of the teacher, it will benefit your child, too.
How do YOU make a good impression on your kid's teacher? Comment below.