Because there’s a few things we need you to know.
Dear schools/teachers/Principals and anyone whose life revolves around the education department (Private or public, we don’t discriminate here.)
As a working parent I have a few things I need to bring up. I’m speaking for myself, because I know not everyone will agree with me, but I do know there are many of us in this situation and I’m hoping they back me on this.
We respect the teaching profession. After all you’re teaching our kids, the future generation, and that’s a damn impressive role to take on.
But. Yes there’s a but. I do have some issues and there are some very important items of business I want to bring to your attention.
1. We need notice.
You cannot expect us to attend an event with anything less than a week's notice. Actually, I'm being generous here, many people work on shifts or rotations, they generally get their rosters six weeks in advance and they can't be altered. And no we can't just 'move a shift'. Principals do you just let your teachers move their shifts as they please? I'll leave you to think about that.
2. The world does not stop at 3pm.
Please stop referring to the end of the day as 3pm. For most of us we're only just returning from lunch at this point. We still have 2, sometimes 3, more hours until we can even see our kids at this point. For those of us that shift work, sometimes shifts don't start until 3pm or later. So stop telling us to do all these activities in the afternoons. We don't get afternoons. The only workers who understand your stance on this are tradies. Go chat to them about how awesome 3pm is.
3. We get that you work during the holidays, but unlike you we cannot take our work home
Okay this is a huge one. We 100% get that you work over weekends and holidays and that your work isn't just 9-3. We get it but what you don't get is how lucky you are to be able to do this. Most of us don't have the option to take our work home with us and yes we also work on our holidays too. Can we just agree we both work hard and stop arguing about this one?
4. We feel guilty.
We REALLY want to attend school events. We want to help our kids in any way we can but sometimes our work doesn't allow us to do that and we hate it.We feel so incredibly guilty. We hate saying no to our kids and we hate that we can't come to the events you schedule weekly for parents to attend but it really is too much to ask of us. We just can't go to everything and it kills us.
5. Technology exists, use it.