Dear Lackadaisical Parent,
I know it must be hard by the time you get your fourth of fifth kid to the tween years to parent. First, I’m sure you’re a little worn out. That’s a lot of potential discipline over the course of a couple of decades. But, I want to remind you that you still have a responsibility as a parent to attempt to raise a child that can get along with others and eventually become a contributing member of society.
I’m sure right now you’re asking yourself, “why is this crazy Mom writing me?” Well, I’ll tell you. Your daughter has made my child cry non-stop for the past week from her venomous comments on the playground and while I have to coach my child to ignore her, hold her head high and walk away, I don’t have to.
So, what did your kid say? Among other things, she told my Rosie that “she looked like a baby.” And, then she went on to mock her in front of an entire group of friends. This caused a plethora of problems this weekend as my child attempted to find anything “grown-up” in her closet to wear and a number of crying jags that were more than a little disconcerting making my job as a parent quite painful.
As I stood with my child staring at her clothes, I did find a couple of outfits that needed to be retired, however we had a long discussion about how ten and eleven year-old girls are supposed to dress (and that it’s still cool to shop at Justice). And, we came to the conclusion that it’s still okay to wear pink every once in a while and that Rosie’s clothes were just fine. And, that maybe your child dressed completely inappropriate and was just a little bit jealous that she didn’t have great clothes to wear.
You see, I’ve been to school. Lots. And, I’ve seen the way your child dresses.
Little girls are not supposed to wear all black or jeans with strategically placed holes. Their underwear should not peek out under their shorts. Their outfits should not look like something that a teen-aged sister wore to high school the day before. They should never be rumpled or soiled either.
Tween-aged girls should still be instructed to bathe and brush their hair (just an FYI, I’ve told my child on numerous occasions to be kind and not discuss your child’s terrible dandruff problem as it’s rude and inappropriate). They shouldn’t wear fingerless gloves that go to their elbows or headbands that look like they borrowed them straight from Madonna’s closet in the 80’s. And the torn tights? Shame on you for letting her leave your home that way.
In fifth grade, we should never see cleavage. Despite the fact that they are developing, they are still little girls. We shouldn’t be inviting every pedophile in the world to get a free peek.
I realize that while I’ve been ranting and raving, you probably don’t care and won’t even discuss the real issue. Your child shouldn’t be so nasty and bully on the playground. So, I’ve carefully instructed mine to walk away. The good news is they won’t be in middle school together so we only have five more months of putting up with your kids crap which is really cool.
That means I won’t have to explain to Rosie why your kid sneaks cigarettes out back during recess. Or, why she constantly winds up at the principal’s office and in detention. And I certainly won’t have to tell her why all the boys have taken an unusual interest in her as she dresses to attract the wrong kind of attention. We all know what happens to girls like that.
An involved parent that is proud to have a kid that wears pink