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If the conference is not a regularly scheduled event, but instead is a special conference arranged at the request of the teacher or child's mother or birth father, be sure to check with these individuals to determine the appropriateness of your participation in the conference. You, too, could request time to discuss what may be private issues, either on the phone or a face-to-face conference. Blended families create special circumstances that teachers are aware of and can likely accommodate.
Remember, conferences are not the only time for parent and teacher communication. Check the notes your child brings home from school and read the comments the teacher writes on returning homework for information on your child's learning strengths and weaknesses. Teachers often use those written communication tools to offer parents ideas for activities to do at home. Ask how you can best reach the teacher if you have further questions or concerns and share a phone number or e-mail address about where and what time is best to reach you.