I waited for the sound of laughter, thinking it must have been a joke, but they were serious.
Some of the things I was told at my daughter’s kindergarten orientation this week are just bloody ridiculous. And this is coming from someone who is normally earnestly invested in all advice given to me by professionals at my children’s school.
Some of the ‘advice’ we were given was just stupid. Do they think we are morons? It’s as though we were in a parenting session being run by child services.
We were told to:
1. Practice counting with our children. "You may want to count out how many crackers they are eating".
2. Stick to a bedtime routine so they are well rested at school.
3. Teach them how to drink water.
4. Sing nursery rhymes to practice language skills. Do it while you are hanging out the washing.
And here's the worst one...
5. Talk to your kids. Talking improves literacy.
Are they for real?
By this stage I had stopped frantically typing notes onto my iPhone and was waiting for the punchline. Surely, they were joking, right? But nobody was laughing. We were all looking at each other blankly.