When Did I Become A Parent?
I believe in the concept that it takes a village to raise a child, but I believe that it means that all villagers must do their part. Regarding children (in my case, young adult students) I believe that my part (since I have no children of my own) is that of teacher. Parents should parent; teachers should teach.
I wonder why, then, when the student arrives at school with his shirt on backwards and inside out, or her breakfast still smeared across her lips and chin, I’m required to do double duty, filling in as parent, dressing and bathing someone else’s child. I wonder how it becomes my responsibility to explain why it’s important to get a good night’s sleep instead of staying up well past midnight on Facebook or playing Grand Theft Auto, then arriving at school too tired to avail themselves of my teaching.
I decided almost half a century ago to leave the parenting to those who were most interested (and, hopefully, those best qualified) to do it.
I don’t want to sound like a complainer, but I’m getting a little old to be doing double duty.
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