Bandages and children go together like cookies and milk. Actually children tend to be a good excuse for cookies and milk. Sounds yummy … hmm …
Anyway, my point is that kids are frequently getting banged up as they bump around the world testing their limits. Blood is not required for a kid to think they need a band-aid either. The problem with band-aids on kids is the kids regard bandages as they would a tattoo – a permanent decoration on their body. Those band-aids can get pretty ratty after a while and then comes the classic debate.
Do you rip it off quickly or slowly? Which way is better?
We all know that it makes more sense to rip that thing off as fast as possible. Get the worst of it over with already. Kids don’t see things that way. In some ways I don’t blame them. I’ve tried to remove bandages from my hairy arms. It hurts. That sounds like I have monkey arms or something! No, I’ve just had enough blood drawn in my life and my fair share of cotton balls taped to my arms. The tape is sticky and sits on top of my delicate arm hair. Fast or slow it hurts.
Bandage removal can be compared to the prep work involved in getting kids to school. It seems like more of my time is required every year. This week has been taken up with school meetings and other responsibilities. Next week is no different. School doesn’t start until the week after that! Good heavens, can we just rip the band-aid off already!
I don’t remember my parents having to go through nearly this many hoops just to put me in a hot and stuffy building for seven hours a day nine months out of the year. Granted I was a kid so my perception was different. What I do know is that I was given my next year’s class assignment, including teacher name and room number, on the last day of school with my report card. And by the time we made it to junior high and high school my dad complained about “some free education” every year when he had to write a check to the school. He was also irritated whenever we had a day off from school.
I have become my father. Public schools extort money on a regular basis. It’s a little disgusting actually. Not only that but school kids get an extraordinary amount of days off for holidays and teacher work days. There are several months where my kids only attend one full week of school. The rest of the weeks are missing one or more days for something random. Now my school district wants to decrease summer significantly. As a result the students get full weeks off at other times in the year. How about if we keep summer vacation together and keep the kids in school?
This morning I dropped Gavin off at school for a laptop program boot camp. I ran into a mom from the elementary school. She was annoyed by all the meetings and extras she had to deal with. Rightly so. Her husband left her when our kids were in kindergarten, for a bodacious brunette, forcing my friend to reenter the workforce. She works 30 some odd minutes away. She’s afraid she may get fired between all the running around she has to do for her middle schooler and high schooler. All waste of time activities just to have permission for them to sit in a classroom.
We live in a district that requires two proofs of residency. As a result there is no way for the registration process to be completely done online or over the phone. To further entice parents to comply, classroom assignments are not given until Walk Thru Registration is complete.
The middle school required parents to pick up their child’s emergency card today. The emergency card needed to have health information and emergency contact information updated. By the way, you can’t take the card off campus. It had to be filled out there.
So my friend had to be late for work to drop off her middle schooler for the laptop boot camp, fill out the emergency card, then turn around and pick her daughter up from boot camp at noon. Tomorrow she gets to go back to the middle school for Walk Thru Registration to show her filled out emergency card and two proofs of residency. Next week she gets to do the same thing for her daughter in high school. Forget about the fact that there are student orientation meetings and so many other things going on before school starts.
I feel her frustration! If I didn’t have to deal with filling out an emergency card on campus, even though the elementary school expects parents to pick those up and return them days later at Walk Thru Registration, if I didn’t have to do that I would have left Parker and Gwen home this morning. But instead I have to drag everyone out of bed, get us all ready and to the school by 9:00 am.
Yesterday I screwed up the partial online registration for two of my three kids. Gavin’s didn’t make sense. I got to the end where it told me to print my receipt. My receipt said I paid nothing. Well I didn’t pay anything because the only forms that wanted my money were for organizations I wasn’t interested in paying for. Where was the PE clothes and student organizer form? I don’t know if I want to pay $65 for a crappy yearbook but I didn’t even have the option! At the bottom of one form it said that Spirit Wear was available at Walk Thru Registration so it’s not like I could have even pre-ordered anything.
I mentioned my concern to the elementary school secretaries. This partial online registration thing is new this year and they didn’t really know how it worked from a parent’s perspective. They let me sit at a computer in the office and show them how it works. Many more forms came up for Gwen but I skipped through them. And now I’m stuck on the print receipt page. I cannot go back. Trust me, I’ve tried. So now I have to go through the money grubber line at Walk Thru Registration to pay for the stuff I didn’t pay for online because I was acting as a guinea pig. I’m not mad at the secretaries or myself. It’s a flawed system.
Registering for school each year takes longer and longer every year. The hoops I have to jump through are so lame. Let’s just rip the band-aid off already and reward ourselves with cookies and milk! School does not have to be so complicated! Actually cookies sound really good. My kids are rockstars and deserve a reward for their patience.