Remember the days on the playground, when we could just spit on our palms and shake hands, and a pact was made?
Now that the school year is in full swing, I would like to make a parent pact with you all. Except instead of spitting on our hands, I am perfectly okay with just giving each other a knowing glance and tipping our Starbucks cups at one another.
I don’t care what kind of parent you are, let’s work together to make this the best school year ever. Here is our Parent Pact:
Let us not judge each other for the mismatched socks, the pajama pants, or the greasy hair tucked under a ball cap that we wear at the bus stop, to a volunteer day, or on the sidelines of the soccer field. We all know we’re busy catching up on the previous season of Scandal before the new one comes out—the important thing is that we made it to the events. The kids were happy we were there. These are school events, not Fashion Week in New York.
Let us remember that we have a lot of things on our plate. So if you receive a random unlabeled envelope with some cash in it, you can assume that it is for the current sale, -thon, or fundraiser that is going on. My heart is in the right place—unfortunately, the paperwork never is.
Let us promise not to call Child Protective Services when you see the Legos, Pokemon, markers, crayons, and crumbs as you step into my house to drop off my child after a playdate, put your head in my car after soccer practice to chat, or enter any other space my children have recently occupied. Homework, laundry, and Scandal are taking up a lot of my time these days.
Let us all watch out for each other’s kids, and offer them a tissue, wipe, or napkin when they have some food on their faces, snot hanging from their noses, or marker on their hands after homework. Assume that we were in a hurry getting out of the house for school, practice, or whatever else is going on, and that I couldn’t find the tissues, wipes, or napkins, because they were probably with all of the fundraising paperwork.
Let us try and give one of the more organized parents (not me) a couple of bucks to get a gift card for the coach this year. He/she volunteered their time and taught our kids how to learn some rules of the game, and to be considerate teammates and good sports. Not all of us have the time or patience to do those kinds of things.
Let us remember to thank all of our teachers when we see them around school. They spend all day with our kids teaching them, working with them, and protecting them.
And finally: Let us try not to be judgy assholes. Let’s be kind and tolerant of each other just as we are trying to teach our children to be. Unless, of course, you spoil something in Scandal for me. Then this pact is off.
Happy School Year, Everyone!