Seriously, Where Did These Kids Come From? -or- Send the Parents Back to School!

If you haven’t been to your child’s elementary school classroom or cafeteria, you owe it to yourself to do so. I’m sad to say that I guarantee you will not leave happy. If the lack of nutritious meals (both served by the school and packed by the parents) doesn’t get you, if the noise doesn’t leave you with tinnitus, then the rude kids certainly will!

Where did these kids come from?  They are rude, disobedient, and downright nasty. They don’t show any bit of respect, and definitely don’t show a hint of remorse when they are reprimanded. If this is your kid, it’s time to get on the ball!

Instead of blaming problems on class size, a bad principal, or some other socio-political reason, it’s time for Mom and Dad to take responsibility! If the unruly kids would just listen to the teacher and not demand all of the attention, then class-size might not be as big of an issue as it is where I live.

Look, I know my own children aren’t perfect, but I can’t imagine either of my children saying “no” to an adult that has asked them to do something at school. I can’t imagine my child deliberately charging or hurting another child (unprovoked, of course).  Unfortunately, these are the kids that are taking over!  These are the kids sucking the life out of your child’s school.  These are the kids making recess and lunchtime an unpleasurable experience for everyone.

We can all make excuses for our kids: I’m divorced, I work too much, I don’t have time for this, I don’t have time for that, she didn’t mean it, I think she may have attention deficit disorder, the list goes on and on.

Whatever the excuses are…it’s time for parents to take responsibility and turn these kids around. I wish my children’s school would be more aggressive (not physically) in handling these kids. At 5,6,7 years old, it is fair to assume that the issues aren’t the child’s fault, but rather their parents. I wish schools could make parents take parenting classes, see a behavioral therapist, something, ANYTHING!

Our schools should be places of cooperative learning and positive social experiences, not institutes for behavioral therapy. A teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education is certainly not equipped (no offense) to deal with the psychological and behavioral implications of challenging kids. And the school Social Workers seem to be spread so thin they have no chance of keeping up. 

As a parent, what can I do?  Talk to the teacher?  The principal?  The county administration?  Suggestions please?!  What have you done?  I know I’m not alone here!  Plain and simple, I think it might be tome to send the parents back to school!