Celebrating One Year of “A Teaching Parent”

My name is Melissa McDonald. I am a wife, mother of 2 toddlers, teacher, LSLS Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, and author of this blog. You can read more about my family and background by going to About.


I started this blog last summer (almost to the day). It was the first summer in years that I took a complete break from education (no teaching, no professional development courses, no mentoring, no professional conferences, etc.). It was nice to have some down time, but I soon realized that I missed having a connection to my profession. In addition, my daughters were teaching me new things every day, and I wanted to share these new insights with others.

My goal for this blog is to help other parents by sharing my observations, suggestions, successes, and failures. I also hope to help other professionals who work with children and parents by giving them a different perspective. I believe that building stronger relationships between education professionals and parents will help students be more successful in school.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!

Melissa 🙂

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Chinese Proverb

10 thoughts on “Celebrating One Year of “A Teaching Parent”

  1. Hi! I popped over from blogging 101 and I also have a parenting blog, I don’t really have a lot of advice to offer but I do like to write about my daughter and the person she’s becoming 🙂 really liked the look and feel of your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more 🙂


  2. Thank you for telling us more about yourself! Any tips for getting a 4 year old to say ‘I’ , “We”, and “She”, when appropriate, instead of “Me, Us, and Her”? I could use them. Also, that worm on the left takes me by surprise every time I scroll down. Ha!


    • The short answer is to model correct usage for them…but you have to model from their point of view. This is why it’s so darn tricky. If you don’t mind, I will use your question as inspiration for a new post where I can talk about this more in depth.
      That little worm cracks me up each time. I guess he’s keeping us on our toes! 😉


      • I would love it if you wrote a post on it. I’ve always used correct grammar, and I try to correct him, but I’m probably not consistent enough with the correcting. He’s my third son. The others never did this. He switches every single I/he/she/we for the predicate version of that pronoun. It was adorable at 2, but at 4 I’m a little worried.


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