On Thursday night our school held one of the two parents’ evenings it runs for our Junior School. We didn’t go; we are booked into for an appointment in November, but DD1 is a House Captain and was asked to attend and help the evening run smoothly. The school uses some of the Year 6 students to show parents to their children’s classrooms and provide the waiting parents with hot drinks. This frees up the staff to spend more time talking to parents.
DD1 was happy enough to do this for a couple of hours so we signed the form and off she went. I didn’t have any special feelings about her doing it but then the next day I had at least half a dozen parents coming up to me and complimenting me during the school run.
‘Your daughter has such lovely manners’.
‘You must be very proud of DD1, she’s a credit to you.’
‘DD1 was so helpful last night’.
‘You have such a polite daughter’.
Of course, it’s nice that DD1 knows how to behave nicely in front of other adults but let’s just say her behaviour at home can be less than exemplary. I won’t go into details, but I’m sure any of you who have, or have had a 10 year old girl in the house, know exactly what I am talking about.
Despite feeling a complete sham, I just smiled and thanked everyone for all the compliments about what a wonderful daughter I have.
I guess it’s better she behaves at school and acts up at home, than the other way around.