Six Word Saturday

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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9 thoughts on “Six Word Saturday

  1. I just read a quotation, and sad as it is, it is probably true. “Children who are loved at home come to school to learn. Children who are not come to school to be loved.” So sad. Stories like these and seeing some kids at my DD’s school and in my own neighborhood reminds me of that classic line from Parenthood: “You need a license to buy a dog, or drive a car. Hell, you need a license to catch a fish! But they’ll let any $%*#@ %!#@& be a father.”

  2. Our first grade grandaughter’s mom, our daughter, got called twice by the teacher this school year. Once for talking in class, another for not doing her reading assignment (kid answered the quiz from what she saw in the pictures), the rest was done with e-mail and texting. No more “notes from the teacher” like my parents got in the old days.

  3. It seems this problem is getting worse instead of better. I’ve read about how some schools are starting later after studies revealed kids do better starting later. I was a walking zombie till around 10 a.m. and am still like that.

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