Spoiling your child..!
I asked. “Today, unlike our days, we have children whose parents fight their battles! Ever gone to an open house day where parents meet their children’s teachers? It’s like a battle field Bob, with parents nearly into fist fights with teachers for every mark their children have not been given!” “Yes,” I said, “I’ve seen that!” “And have you seen what happens when a child comes home after a fight? The mother marches to school the next day to complain, or tries to thrash the other child herself!
So you have children who have no idea how to fight their own battles, and when they do go through some stress at some time, they just can’t handle it, because at that time their dear mummies or influential fathers aren’t around! Especially during exams when mummy or daddy can’t do their exams for them!”
“So you suggest parents should keep away from their children’s schools?” I asked. “I have designed an answering machine which I’m going to ask every school to use when parents call up,” said the famous psychologist as he pulled out an answering machine and asked me to call. I did and heard the machine reply: “Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your child’s school!”
“In order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all options before making a selection: To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1 To make excuses for why your child did not do his homework - Press 2 To complain about what we do - Press 3 To shout at staff members - Press 4 To ask why you didn’t get needed information that was already enclosed in your child’s handbook which you forgot to read- Press 5 If you want us to cuddle your child - Press 6 If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit a student who you say hit your child - Press 7 To request a change of teacher - Press 8 To complain about bus transportation - Press 9 To complain about school lunches - Press 0.
But if you realize that this is the real world and your child must be accountable/responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, homework, and that it’s not anybody’s fault but your son or daughter’s for his/her lack of effort - hang up and have a nice day..!”