I love the daycare center that my youngest son attends, but I'm annoyed by one practice.
Whenever they have fieldtrips we, as parents, are required to provide chaperones for our wee ones. I have no problem with this policy and think that it makes a lot of sense. My problem is that we feel like we are looked down upon for not being able to provide a chaperone or take off of work.
As in "Ummm, since you son is the ONLY student not going on the fieldtrip, I'm not totally sure where he'll be when you pick him up. But he'll be here somewhere...."
Excuse me? ONLY one not going? Did you really need to point that out to us? We can't help it if my wife made the decision to actually have a career or that we moved across the country so I might someday get a real job.
I can only imagine how single parents must feel. As if it were somehow their fault. Or that they were somehow incompetent as parents. You know what? Parents do the best they can and don't need hints that they could be doing better. 'Cause the good parents have the whole guilt thing covered and the bad parents ain't listening.
OK. I'm stepping off my soapbox and digging back into this meaty grant for the lab. Too bad I won't be around when it's funded.
PS. I think it's time for decaf.....