When parents pick their kids up from a childcare centre in Sydney’s west, Nicholas says they rarely tell their kids it’s time to go home.
Instead, they suggest it. Or pose a question with an air of hesitation. “Should we go home now?” they ask their three-year-old.
He watches day after day, as parents attempt to round up a kid or two, with a tone that implies they have a choice in the matter.
“Kids appear to be using emotional outbursts as leverage,” he tells Mamamia. “And the parents are terrified of their tears, so tiptoe around them in an act of surrender.”
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Then there’s the students in Ashleigh’s maths class.
Just this week, a young girl forgot her homework.
By recess, her mother was at the school gate, the exercise book under her arm.
“I felt bad for the mum,” Ashleigh told Mamamia. “Her time is worth more than a detention. And I felt bad for the kid.
“She won’t learn to take responsibility if Mum always fixes it.”