Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Parents These Days

It's my job to get the girls to school.  On time.  Not to brag, but 4 years in, not a single tardy.  Every day I see the same parents show up late, frantically running with their kids.  I have to resist the urge to tell them they're already late, save the energy.  Every day I have the same thought: what the hell is wrong with these people?  Get your kids to school on time!

On the way back to my car today, I overheard two of these habitually late parents commiserating.  One parent was complaining she couldn't get her son to school on time because he wouldn't stop playing his DS. The other parent said his problem was TV.  I was this close to stopping.  Instead, I contented myself with visualizing the verbal smack down that wasn't.

Excuse me, I couldn't help overhearing your conversation, and I've noticed that you have a hard time getting to school on time.  If I may be so bold.  Addressing the woman: take the damn DS away, and watch how fast little Johnny gets his act together.  Now turning to the man: And you sir, the television has an off button, you might want to figure out where it is.  My head now oscillating between the two:  If the problem persists, might I suggest a sledgehammer.              


  1. Well said! It reminds me of a friend who complained that her son's pants were constantly drooping, I looked at her and said "Then stop buying them for him!" My son was not allowed to have a FB page until he turned 18 and he is not allowed to call an adult by their first name... my culture, my rules. :~) Power to the parents!!

  2. Thanks for your comments on the blog Tim - yep I guess September's that back to school time. When I taught I was always amazed at the tardy excuses parents would put in notes. Hang in there.

  3. Oh if only you had said it. If only ....

  4. Hi Tim, it's MOM. Read all your blogs and they are terrific. I wish you would have these types of conversations with us in person. Yes, it's MOM guilt; feel it yet!!

  5. It's your MOM again. Couldn't get back to all the blogs so adding comments here. Re Glen Beck, I absolutely agree. he is a charleton and will be exposed . He is spreading fear and nager and manipulating the people.

    That comment of Scout's about a dog being a friend who never leaves was very insightful.

  6. I totally agree.

    But, I must say, I probabl have issues with my children that others might question. (Of course, I can imagine what. lol)

    Getting to school on time is NOT one of them.