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Parents need to parent…


My kids took packed lunches to school but once a month on a Friday would order lunch from the tuck shop as a treat. Over the years the contents would vary as they went through various food phases and rules were implemented governing what could be put in the lunchbox. Attending a sustainable school meant they couldn’t bring food in wrappings, severely limiting choices, and something I really couldn’t understand. The rubbish would not be at school certainly, but if unwrapped and put in containers, it would go in the home rubbish. What difference did it make to the environment? Precisely none. Healthy food then took over from sustainability and all sweets and other foods disappeared from the tuck shop menu. Again, I was at a loss; I understand kids need to be taught healthy eating but surely that is the responsibility of parents? One parent and fellow school council member, argued that he didn’t want his daughter spending her money on lollies. My counter argument was don’t give her money if you can’t teach her how to eat properly. Unfortunately schools are bearing the brunt of lazy parenting, and creating a generation of kids who won’t know how to survive in the real world. I think parents need to parent instead of expecting teachers to both parent and teach, leaving them free to pursue their own career. In my eyes, if you choose to have kids you need to learn how to parent, end of story…
“The sign of great parenting is not the child’s behaviour. The sign of truly great parenting is the parent’s behaviour. ”
Andy Smithson

Lis 🦉

2 thoughts on “Parents need to parent…

  1. So well said. So much more often the parents want the schools to do more that is really their responsibility. They ask, what are you doing or this problem or that? When really the matter begins at the home level and should begin being taught in the home. Outside issues should be the responsibility of the home, and yes reinforced in school, but we in the schools can’t manage to do it all. As it is teachers on a daily basis act as not just the teacher but psychologist, parent, nurse, friend, negotiator, security…just to name a few of the hats they wear. Thanks for writing this.

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