This is a guest post from Kerelys Beltran. She has a toddler son. And she is one of the most prolific and insightful commenters on this blog. Karelys sent this email to me and I thought it would be fun for everyone to read.
I thought you were so ridiculous when you said, vehemently, that parents sent kids to school because they wanted a break. Who in their right mind would ever sacrifice their kids’ well-being for their own?
But look at this: Parents of Toddlers IT GETS BETTER!
And that is just one of MANY moms that celebrate the advent of the school year as the time of life when they get to have some peace and quiet again for a few hours during the day.
It’s crazy to me!
But notice that it’s socially acceptable to make this choice. And it’s like how we buy electronics built in sweatshops where kids get their arms cut off and they are working like slaves. We just turn a blind eye—out of sight, out of mind. We don’t walk around looking at people with iPhones like they have blood dripping from their hands or like they are encouraging and voting for child labor with their money.
I think it’s the same with school. Parents don’t really like to think hard about it, or challenge their own thinking, because everyone celebrates school and parents get a break from the annoying kids.
I’ve been so tired lately. I am a million years pregnant. And I can’t sleep well. Thankfully my office hours start at 9 (which is late for normal office hours) but it seems so early to me.
Every morning I think, “There’s no way I am sending my kid to school and driving myself even crazier with the school schedule!”
But as soon as he’s ready, I will teach him to make himself a smoothie so he lets me sleep in 15 more minutes.