Monday, March 28, 2011

Crab of the Day

This is one thing that really gets under my skin.  At my daughter's preschool, they have car drop off and pick up, meaning the parent does not have to get out and walk in to pick up your child.  You just drive up in a line and they bring your child to you.  There are two lines so children have to cross in front of one line to get to the next.  The preschool (as well as the kindergarten last year) has asked numerous times that parents do not use their cell phones at this time.  Yet, time and time again, I see parents busy talking on their phones while in these short lines (that constantly move) and even when they get out to get their child, they are talking on their phone.  Another problem is parents that come a bit late. 

The main concern is child safety.  If a parent is busy talking on the phone, they can not be devoting 100% of their attention to what is going on around them.  Children are known to occasionally dart from a caregiver and if a parent wasn't paying attention, the child could easily be hit.  

Another problem I see with this is that it shows complete and blatant disrespect for the teacher who is bringing the child to you.  This child has cared and taught your child and are now bring the child to you (so you don't have get out of the car) and these parents can't even have the decency to make eye contact and say hello? 

This brings me to my next point.  As a parent, you have not seen your child for a few hours.  This is the perfect opportunity to talk to your child and engage with him/her about her day and what he/she has learned.  How would you feel, as a child, if you had been separated from your parent, who you loved and adored, and when they picked you up, could not even acknowledge you?

Granted, I know occasionally, there are situations that arise.  But I am referring to the parents that I see doing this EVERY day.  Really, what is there that is more important than your child's safety and well-being?

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