At what point does a teacher cross the line from trying to be helpful to interfering with parenting decisions?
That’s the dilemma one mum faced this week when she sent a clear message by her child’s kindergarten teacher that her daughter’s habit needed to change.
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“I’d rather she didn’t have it and we are planning on ‘sending it to Santa’, or something along those lines, but it doesn’t overly worry me.
“She’s content with it and not doing any harm.”
But as the mum discovered, not everybody agrees that her daughter’s dummy use was acceptable.
She shared that while dropping her daughter off at the pre-kinder breakfast club, the dummy slipped from her pocket and feel to the ground, where one of the people supervising handed it back to her and she headed off thinking nothing more of it.
However, when she returned to pick her daughter up, she was greeted in a way that left her “slightly in shock”.
“I then arrived to pick daughter up from her afterschool club and the lady from the club took me to one side to say that she’d been asked to hand me a leaflet because daughter ‘has been seen to have her dummy in at breakfast club and said told the teacher she has it a lot at home’.”
She said the teacher had spoken to her daughter about the dummy, as she handed her the ‘Drop The Dummy’ pamphlet.