Tuesday, 5 March 2013
A Whole New World
School seems to be opening up a whole new universe for our son, particularly with him taking his first steps into the world of reading. However, it is also opening up a whole new world of issues for us, parents.
The other week I picked my son up from after school care. I stepped into the venue that my Son & Co were at, only to be bombarded by deafening music. I couldn’t talk to my son nor could I talk to the carers; it was that loud.
Yesterday we picked our son up from after school care to see they let him play with nail polish. Only that he didn’t apply it to his nails alone, it was all over the place. At home my wife used chemicals to take it off, but then those chemicals triggered my son’s asthma. Today my wife’s at home, looking after him. [To be fair, it does appear like he caught some sort of a bug, too.]
If I wanted my son deaf I could have done it myself, I don’t see why I need to pay someone else to do it for me. Same goes for pouring chemicals over him. Is that the care we should expect to be getting with “after school care”? Then again, why am I surprised? The carers are mostly young girls, too young looking to have any proper qualifications. They are just glorified babysitters for whose services we get charged much more than we would pay a babysitter.
Further annoyance comes from the other end of the spectrum. We got an email today from the two mothers that ended up representing our class’ parents. In there they invite “mums” to join on activities and get togethers. Yeah, I didn’t want to hang out with them either, but I have to add that the chauvinism that comes off from women is probably the worst.
Image by .Krol., Creative Commons license