Likewise, some parents take boundaries to such an extreme they’re denying their children the experience to learn and grow on their own. I’m talking about “helicopter parents,” the ones who are constantly putting down new boundaries. As in, letting a child play only in the backyard because it’s fenced. Or going on a hike as long as you’re holding your kid’s hand the whole time. Or letting your kid go on a school field trip only if Mom is there. “I feel sorry for kids today,” a Lyft driver recently told me as we crawled through rush hour traffic downtown, after I told him that I was a school principal. Adding Nursery Management Software to the mix can have a real benefit.
I certainly know why I feel this way, but I was curious as to what prompted him to tell me this. He said he was a father to a son who was now in college. He recalled having a group of his son’s friends over to a swim party when they were just scratching the surface of their elementary school years. One of the boys soiled his swim trunks, so my Lyft comrade got him new clothes to change into. The child rebounded from his accident immediately and went on to play with the other kids both on the grass and in the pool. When the boy’s mother arrived, according to him, she “flipped out.” “Why?” I asked. How about purchasing Preschool Software to manage your pre-school setting?
Well, A) she didn’t want him wearing the clothes of any other children (hello, gratitude?); and, B) she was even more upset by the fact that he was playing in the grass. His hands were dirty. She paid no mind to the fact that he was laughing, and running, and playing—being a kid! She immediately scooped him up off of the grass, wiped off his hands with an antibacterial towelette, and took him home. Oh, and the driver never saw those swim trunks again. I wonder how Nursery Software works in the real world?
Was she always going to be there to wipe his hands, he questioned. Would she teach him about the importance of showing gratitude for the benevolence of others over her need for him to be pristine at all times? Would this child ever be able to understand the difference between the glorious innocence of being a child versus the rigidity of his mom’s expectations? I guess we’ll never know. A stickler for cleanliness myself, I certainly won’t be hypocritical enough to criticize this mom’s concerns over the messy—Purell and Clorox Wipes have always had a home in my classroom! How do you think they keep the Nursery App ticking all the boxes?
But I do believe that his tale speaks to the heart of raising a well-adjusted child. We need to model ways for kids to both ask for and receive help. We need to give kids the tools and techniques to problem-solve on their own when we aren’t there. You, as the parent, have the power to put up boundaries and safeguards to protect your kids from the world—including the online world. It’s OK to be heavy. It’s OK if your kids don’t like you today. You are your child’s guide, sage, mentor, coach, confidant, and protector. Parent first, friend later. And please remember to teach your kids to say “thank you” when someone rescues them from a pair of soiled swim trunks. Do you think Childcare Management System is expensive to run?