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I ‘met’ Robin through a great forum for women bloggers. She has a blog, Etsy Shop and Facebook page and I very much recommend checking out all 3!
More about Robin at the end of her post, and you’ll want to read it, as it is ALL true!
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Little Red Flags
I’ve spent the past 21 years teaching in a public school and I probably could tell you an entire book’s worth of stories about the hilarious things kids have said and done over the years. Being as how I’m such a long-term public servant, though, I decided to use my guest blogger opportunity to perform a public service for you. Because you don’t like to feel embarrassed, right?
The ridiculous stories and excuses some parents will accept at face value from their kids never cease to amaze me. No matter how unbelievable or even bizarre the tales get, they don’t seem to trigger those little red flags of skepticism. This can result in the parents going ballistic – firing off hateful emails or scrawling two-page hand-written “uglygrams” to the teacher. Some parents prefer the face-to-face-confrontation route and come charging up to school like Hell on wheels. All of which can be pretty darn embarrassing for the parents when the REAL story comes out.
This is where my public service part comes in – I’m here to save you possible future embarrassment. Now I’m not saying you’re one of those naïve, gullible parents. Heck, I don’t even know you. But just in case, I have prepared a list of some true stories and excuses that have sucked other parents in. A little practice in recognizing bull when you hear it should help your own red flags to develop a hair-trigger. And since I’m a teacher, I even I bullet-pointed and illustrated them for you, in case you’re taking notes:
- Imagine that your 5th grader is now on her school’s newsletter staff because she raved to the newsletter advisor about how excited she would be to see her writing in print. A month later, the newsletter advisor calls to tell you that your daughter hasn’t done a single thing that’s been assigned, despite repeated reminders. You ask your daughter about it and she says she DIDN’T KNOW SHE HAD TO WRITE ANYTHING…well, that should trigger your first little red flag. It’s the NEWSLETTER, after all, so of course there is going to be writing. In fact, maybe you should say that to your daughter, rather than defending her by shooting a nasty email to the poor advisor.
- Now let’s pretend that your 4th grader brings home a progress report with bad grades in all his major subjects. When you ask him what’s going on, he tells you it’s because his math teacher WON’T LET HIM DO HIS WORK. Strangely, neither will his English teacher. Or his social studies teacher. There goes your second little red flag because probably the teachers are not forbidding him do his work. It might be good to schedule a conference WITH YOUR CHILD PRESENT to get to the bottom of it, rather than firing off an ugly email to all three teachers and CC-ing the principal.
- Okay, what about if your five year old comes home and tells you that his teacher took his shirt off of him? In class, she took your son’s shirt off. You guessed it, that’s should be another little red flag because…how would something like that come about? Possibly you should take a moment to question him further and see if you can ferret out the truth. Whatever you do, don’t go roaring up to school and cause a scene by demanding an audience with both the teacher and the school principal. Otherwise, you’re going to feel like an idiot when it turns out that what your son meant to say was that his teacher PUT A STICKER on his shirt and the STICKER fell off.
- Alright, how about this one: What would you do if your five year old daughter came home and told you that she didn’t want to go to school anymore because her teacher had PUT A HEX ON HER? (Personally, I think it should send up little red flags about your daughter’s home life because what five year old thinks hexes are a good excuse?) By all means, avoid going storming up to school and demanding to see the principal. You’re going to be really embarrassed when it comes out that the real reason your daughter dislikes going to school is because you let her play video games all day when she stays home.
I hope that these four examples of what not to believe have helped to spring-load your little red flags. Maybe at least they’ll cause you to dig deeper into your child’s story before you shoot of a nastygram or make a fool of yourself in the school office.
Oh, and here’s a final thought – if last night’s sex toy is still lying on your nightstand in the morning when your child gets up, that should send up a BIG red flag. Under no circumstances should you leave it lying there and go out to warm up the car while your daughter packs up her backpack. Otherwise, it’s going to be pretty embarrassing for you to retrieve that thing from the (male) principal after your daughter whips it out for show and tell.
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I hope you enjoyed my stories and YES, they are all true. Thanks, Marti, for giving me an opportunity to share these stories with your readers.
I’m a national board certified teacher who was honored as Elementary School Teacher of the Year for our entire district (26 elementary schools) in 2009-2010. Most of my twenty-one years’ experience have been spent teaching kindergarten, because there’s nothing like sense of fulfillment that comes with teaching five year olds to read.
My husband and I have two grown sons who are our lives’ best work and who are both married to lovely women. When I learned that they both had babies on the way, I ran out and bought myself an embroidery machine, because after all, those babies NEEDED embroidered bibs!
Since then, embroidery has become both a passion and has grown into a little business for me. I called it Soggy Bottoms Baby Duds, but I’ve branched out from just embroidering bibs to creating a whole range of items for adults, including custom-embroidered wine sleeves to be auctioned away for Relay for Life and autism awareness. And I’m having a GIVEAWAY! The winner will be chosen tomorrow night, so pop on over to my Facebook Fan Page or visit my blog to get the details if you’d like to enter!
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Soggy-Bottoms-Baby-Duds/134095519958927
Etsy Store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SoggyBottomsBabyDuds