Topic: school

The PTA Is Mean Girls For Grown-Ups

The PTA Is Mean Girls For Grown-Ups

When you leave high school, you assume that you have left the petty bullshit behind- the cliques, the gossip, the jockeying for social position. You move on to your adult life thinking that from now on, everyone will be mature and kind to each other. College might have been a little cliquey but you found your way. It may have been tough to fit in at your first job after you graduated but that probably worked out just fine too. The next taste of high school-style behavior you will likely encounter is when your first child starts school. More »

I Think It Sucks To Red-Shirt Your Child For The Wrong Reasons

I Think It Sucks To Red-Shirt Your Child For The Wrong Reasons

Red-shirting has always been around but has gained a lot of traction in recent years in the parenting world. For the grade school uninitiated, this is the practice of holding back a child from beginning school even though their birthday falls within the confines of a state’s school cut-off date. It is done for a variety of reasons- developmental, academic, age and future athletic prospects are all reasons cited for holding a child back from starting school. More »

Newsflash: Everyone Worries Their Kid Is Dumb

Newsflash: Everyone Worries Their Kid Is Dumb

Even if your child is super smart or excels at school, I think there’s always some “secret fear” we harbor but won’t say out loud for fear of sounding critical. For some, it’s the nagging fear that their kid is a little more homely than they originally thought. You might worry about their lack of coordination or ultimate suckery at athletics. Maybe they’re completely tone deaf. More »

I’m Pretty Sure My Kid’s Teacher Hates Me

I'm Pretty Sure My Kid's Teacher Hates Me

I think one of my daughter’s teachers really, really doesn’t like me. I know! Shocking, right, that someone doesn’t like me? I’m at an age, I think, where I don’t care whether adults hate me. Except, when you have this gut feeling that a teacher hates you, then you do actually care, because what if said teacher takes it out on your daughter, instead of just hating on you? More »

School Stabbing Suspect Came From A ‘Good Family’ Which Doesn’t Explain Anything

School Stabbing Suspect Came From A 'Good Family' Which Doesn't Explain Anything

Reading the accounts from these kids who said they never expected anything like this to happen to someone they know is heartbreaking. I cannot imagine the sort of fear and confusion that went on in the halls at Franklin Regional Senior High School yesterday, and how these kids and adults will even begin to heal and find hope after an event as horrific as this one. What I also find amazingly difficult to fathom is how the parents of Alex Hribal feel, especially after reading the accounts from neighbors and the family attorney. More »