“When a teacher gives anything other than glowing feedback, it's tough to keep from slipping into a defensive stance. Enter The Overly Honest Teacher...written by seasoned educator and administrator Meredith Essalat, M.Ed. The Overly Honest Teacher is filled with tangible advice from how to best communicate with your children's teachers to how to start your kids' school day off on the right foot.”
–Amy Lupold Bair, Founder of Resourceful Mommy Media, LLC
All parents want their children to have the tools to vocalize their emotions—to own their opinions, their fears, and their views of the world. But parents don’t always feel prepared to take on the role of model adult.
As both a teacher and a school principal, Meredith Essalat has lived the daily challenges of helping children navigate through their young lives. She has seen the struggles that parents have as they balance long working hours with the demands of home life. She sees that it’s the teachers who are often caught in the middle. In an effort to stop pointing out each other's flaws—and instead letting kids know they are supported—Essalat offers hard-won pointers that enable parents, teachers, and students alike to encourage one another with accountability.
Combining humor with straightforward, practical advice, The Overly Honest Teacher educates parents on how to embrace everyday parenting gracefully. The results will be well-adjusted, positive, enthusiastic young adults ready to work hard and learn vastly.
"This book is full of good advice, a little humor, and some touching real experiences. The biggest thing you should take away from it – your kids don’t need to be perfect to succeed. " —Liliyana Shadowlyn, The Faerie Review
"Meredith’s advice is written in a clear way and with a conciliatory tone. She is able to give good advice, and point out the pitfalls of being a parent in a school environment without judgement." —Stacey, It Takes a Woman
"Everything starts at home. How your child behaves and handles certain situations all begin at home. Ultimately, a child cannot be truly successful unless the parent-teacher relationship exists, and that’s the real lesson of this book." —MLM OPINIONS
"Essalat offers hard-won pointers, enabling parents, teachers, and students alike to encourage one another while holding everyone accountable for their actions. The book was easy to read. The chapters are short and pointed, with anecdotes and examples." —Bekah, Motherhood Moment
"The author offers imperatively needed parental guidance and non confrontational questions that can be asked in being involved in the adolescent's' life. If you wait to read this book until your child is well into his/her teenage years, then you may have waited too long." —Rockin Book Reviews
"Meredith Essalat M.Ed has written a insightful book with her newest release, The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom. I thought it was a pretty good reference guide for parenting." —Amybooksy
"The techniques and strategies in The Overly Honest Teacher are simple, logical, and easy to incorporate. The approach to the topic is interesting and engaging and the tips and tools are well-balanced and help make parental involvement positive and responsible." — Mamta Madhavan, Readers' Favorite
"This book shares in full transparency how one educator views her role and the role of parents in the classroom. Meredeth brings us on her journey as an educator from when she first entered the classroom until now." —Justabxmom