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Are We Hindering Our Children?

Short answer...yes. But I needed to get something off my chest that I have encountered the last few weeks and lets face it, I have Mom-friends on Facebook so i'm not going to rant there! Im talking about picking our kids up from school early. I hate myself for saying this but here it goes. "Back in my day" *eye roll* My friends and I had to wait after school in some sort of aftercare until our parents had the time to come get us. We never complained about it because almost everyone was in the same situation(or so it seemed).The bus was a second option, AND THEN our parents picking us up right away was like a magical special day. I am bringing this up because(my son is not of school age yet) but many school-aged parents now are waiting in long lines of cars literally an hour before their child needs to be picked up. God-forbid they cant get off work mid-day to get their child in time, they jump through hoops to pick them up early! I personally believe this is hindering them for situations that they may encounter later in life. I understand missing your child. I totally get it- I miss my little one the second he goes down for a nap. Its so pathetic. Back to the point. I personally don't care whether a parent picks a child up early etc, its the principle of the thing. I doesn't just stop at school. We were raised to be well behaved and stay out of adults way. Now in this twisted society, parents kiss the ground their kids stand on and believe their child over another adult/teacher. Yes, there are still normal cases and this isn't everyone. But it seems to be prevalent enough to talk about. Lets start a conversation! What are your thoughts on this? Comment your take or a story you have below!

posted on Dec 14, 2018 9:30 AM ()


Hear! Hear! We're preparing them for a life of selfishness, instant gratification and entitlement. Glad to hear I'm not alone in my position on this.
comment by jerms on Dec 21, 2018 9:05 AM ()
Seems like it doesn't prepare the kids to be self-reliant in life situations where they don't get instant gratification for something. What amazes me is how cell phones have made it possible for some parents to constantly hover over their college age and older children, discussing every little decision - when are these young people going to have time to think for themselves and make their own mistakes.
comment by traveltales on Dec 16, 2018 7:31 PM ()
It doesn't sound like these parents are showing up early because they miss their children. More like they're trying to beat the long line of cars. I don't think schools were set up for this sort of traffic.
comment by drmaus on Dec 16, 2018 12:33 AM ()
I don't think these parents who treat their children like small gods know what they are setting them up for later in life. I have experienced waiting for grand children after school and it was a mad house with crazy moms fighting for a parking spot so close that their kids would not have to walk.
comment by elderjane on Dec 15, 2018 3:19 AM ()

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