Things that are totally annoying #452
I know it’s a total first world problem, but it really annoys my brain when school’s reward children for having 100% attendance. THIS MAKES NO SENSE TO ME. It actually pisses me off.
Who thinks this shit up? Lets reward children for coming to school every day. However it’s not really the kids’ achievement if they go to school every day. It’s the parent or carer who gets them up, dressed and ready and takes them! Clearly the child has been lucky not to have been ill all school year, and of course well done to the mum for getting them there every day. But what message does it send to the kid that has a long term condition and has hospital appointments or a bout of illness, or the kid who caught a sick bug and had to have a day or 2 off after being sick (school’s policy to prevent illness spreading!)? I just think it is such an odd thing to reward.
Why not reward the kid who has tried and tried and tried his best to accomplish something but may not have quite got there – but has really given so much effort? What about the kid who has still managed to do all their homework despite hospital appointments for a long term condition? What about the child in care who has had a hard few years but always has a smile in school? There’s so many more things that can be rewarded! Or plain kindness!
Some of these kids will NEVER be able to achieve 100% attendance – what can the kids do to improve on this? They can’t do anything at all…. so it’s just silly to reward it!
Also, I think because school’s now reward this ‘achievement’ it means that the kids that are unwell for whatever reason are being taken into school when they should be kept home, because parents don’t want to jeopardise their attendance record. Which means illnesses are being passed around the school, pox, virus’ and bugs are being spread more because parents are marching their kids to school when not totally recovered from their illness to make sure they get their wonderful attendance award at the end of the year. Why? To make the school look good?
The school my 2 attend have a reward system – bronze silver and gold certificates for the kid’s who have full attendance. That’s bad enough. I’ve seen various schools do stuff like theme park days out for the 100% attended kids…. yes, THEME PARKS! Also special lunches (McDonald’s lunch was one I heard of!), parties and soft play days. It really bloody boils my piss. WHY??????
Does your child’s school reward 100% attendance? What do you think about it being rewarded?
For those of you with school aged kids – you may shortly be getting their end of year report!
Here’s a handy guide to help you decipher what the teacher is actually trying to say. You’re welcome.
Confident pupil = bossy
Always participates in class discussions = can’t shut them up
Works well in a group = gazes out the window and lets others do the work
Always helps others = always takes friends to the medical room
Working towards = can’t do it
Polite and friendly = asks what I had for dinner last night
Always tries his best = shame his best is likened to a goat writing stories with a pen in it’s mouth
Needs to focus more on the task in hand = throw the kid’s fidget spinner away, for the love of God
Could try harder = doesn’t try at all
Mature beyond his years = thinks they run the place
I hope they continue to build on this years success next year = Good luck to the teacher that has them next year, I hope they have the patience of a Saint
Is very interested in science = steals blue tac
Has been made class helper = likes to take home rubber bands and paper clips
It has been a pleasure teaching them this year = mum buys the best end of term present
It has been a pleasure teaching them this year = I am so happy the year is over I could dance around a campfire wearing only a grass skirt
Step-by-step guide on how to be a mum with school aged kids on a Monday morning. You’re welcome!
- Wake up before dawn with Monday hitting you in the face like a frying pan
- Wonder why the toddler hates you so much
- Feed him lots of food – whatever keeps him happy and quiet
- Sip a coffee with one eye closed and wonder how this became your life
- Make the most of the partial silence as toddler watches Teletubbies because soon the big 2 will wake and all hell will break loose
- Older kids wake up and are pissed off that it’s not the weekend still. You and me both kiddo!
- They don’t want any of the 10 breakfast options that you have for them
- Can they have crisps for breakfast?
- Regret not doing packed lunches the night before – WHEN WILL YOU LEARN?!
- Break up 2 fights, clear up cheerios and milk off the table again because toddler has no self control and wants to wear the bowl as a hat
- Rescue toddler from standing on top of the table dancing in milk
Shout at Remind bigger kids to get dressed 45 times
- Convince eldest that he does need to wear clean underwear every day
- Stop toddler putting random bits of uniform in the bin
- Listen to diva daughter moaning about having her hair styled for school
- Resist hitting her with the hair brush
- Get yourself washed dressed and ready in 2 minutes flat because HOW FUCKING DARE YOU DO ANYTHING FOR YOURSELF!
- Toddler empties 3 cupboards and starts eating something off the floor which you hope is something from breakfast today
- Oversee tooth brushing by saying ‘BRUSH’ over and over again
- Help find shoes because your kids have ‘selective kid blindness’
- Sort out an itchy sock
- Stop toddler climbing in the fish tank
- Referee argument over who got ready first or who gets to walk out of the door first… (yes really, kids argue over this shit!)
- Toddler decides to do a huge dump just as you are walking out of the door
- Leave the house looking like you’ve been burgled
- Wonder why school starts so bloody early
If you have these crazy morning experiences like me *please say someone else does!* I’d love for you to LIKE this post and SHARE with other mums who might empathise!
Thank you xx