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Questions That Parents Need to Answer as School Starts

Updated on January 24, 2012

Questions to help you have a great school year

Questions That All Parents Should Answer


It’s that time of year again! Sales for pencils. Sales for school clothes! Sales for school supplies. I can’t wait for school to start. …… OK, my university classes are starting as well, but you get the idea.

Every year, the newspapers and media show us the typical “How to Prepare Your Child for a Good School Year” segment.

Here’s a conversation I overheard at the Moondime coffee shop.

“Mom”, “We’re supposed to get along with all the kids, right?”

“Yes Sweetheart. Treat everyone with respect and dignity”.

“Why does the President fight with the other people in his school?”

“ Why do the bullies always win?”

“ What if I sent President Obama and Governor Walker some Caught You Being Kind tickets to help them get along with their friends?”

“Momma?”

“Yes, Doll”.

“We are all supposed to do our best in school, right?”

“Yes, pop and I tell you that every day.”

“How can we do our best, if we don’t have the stuff to do our best?”

“You have everything you need. Pencils, notebooks…. I got everything on the supply list.”

“I know momma, but my teacher doesn’t have everything she needs. Is she a poverty kid?

"Why does she buy food for us at Mega Box? Why do we have to wait till all the kids are back from breakfast before we start reading?"

"Why does she give kids crayons and stuff. And she says we can only use the computer lab on Thursday. But the computers don’t work. "

“Momma? Why do the rich kids all have ipads at their desks? We only have one computer in our classroom.”

“Sweetheart, how do you know that? And how do you know that the kids were rich?”

“You know my BFF? Ashley? Ashley’s mom has an office at the bank, her daddy drives one of those big black I don’t know- but it has a fridge in the backseat and we get vita water after every soccer practice and he’s always on the phone, something about buy 30, 000 shares?”

“Mom…...”

“Yes…Dear…”

“Do you like my teacher?”

“Of course I do. Do you like her?”

“I love her!!!!! Even when she gives me homework.”

“So what?”

“Why does she have to work at the gas station selling slushies?”And why do all the people on TV hate her? And why is her car so rusty?”

“Sweetheart…. “

“Yes momma?”

“Go find Ashley’s mom and dad. Ask them.”

“I love you momma”

“I love you sweetheart”.

Out of the mouths of babes.




Parents- Can you answer these questions honestly? No political Rhetoric?

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      abundant old soul 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for the feedback. I hate it when kids don't have what they need to succeed, be that parents, books....

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      Twila Nelson 

      7 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Fun, interesting and honest Hub. Thank you for sharing.

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      Abundant Old Soul 

      7 years ago from united states

      Great piece! I like it.

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      Paul Cronin 

      7 years ago from Winnipeg

      You know that's real funny but all too true. Anyone who has kids has had to answer them all. Great piece, thanks for sharing!

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