A parent’s work is never done as we all know. How often are we traipsing after our kids dropping off vital forgotten items and so on?
My own mother still wakes up to ring me whenever I have an early flight to catch. It’s hard to cut that umbilical cord and let kids stand on their own two feet (plus I have a bad track record when it comes to missing flights).
One school in Arkansas has taken action against parents of pupils dropping off forgotten gym bags and homework and have posted signs informing parents of their ‘no drop offs’ policy.
One sign which was subsequently posted to Facebook to mixed reaction, reads:
“If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”
The principal of the Catholic High School For Boys, Steve Straessle explained to Arkansas Matters that the policy is not new but that the signs were placed to remind parents of why they have this rule.
“It’s simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don’t go right to bail them out.”
The Facebook post of the note has been shared more than 100,000 times and attracted a fair bit of criticism from online commenters:
“What an idiotic thing to say. If they were ready to problem solve by themselves, they would no longer be in high school. Stop expecting children to be adults,” wrote one parent.
“Kids won’t learn on an empty stomach. If a parent is willing to bring their child materials or food and pay you a hefty chunk of tuition change, stop talking,” added another.
Supporters, however, thought it was a great way to teach the teens to take more responsibility.
A student of the school, Patrick Wingfield told Arkansas Matters:
“It makes me think for myself and not rely on other people to do things for me. And if I make a mistake, I need to learn from it and try to fix it.”
“Good job! The frail little snowflakes today need to learn life skills,” chimed in one supporter on Facebook.
Maybe if my school had had a ‘no drop offs’ policy, I’d be standing on my own two feet and getting myself up for early flights at the age of 31!