What Kind of Kindergarten Parent Are/Were You?
Well…It’s been a little bit over a month since Jonathan (my son) started kindergarten. During this past month, I’ve had several opportunities to drop him off and pick him up at his new school. I have thoroughly enjoyed (so far) this experience of being a new “kindergarten parent”. There is so much to learn and experience. In my eagerness to participate in Jonathan’s school experience, I have attended parent orientation meetings, PTA meetings, and have donated goods and even volunteered (with Tina) to help out when needed by his class or school.
Beyond all of the opportunities for involvement, I have done a lot of people watching…especially fellow kindergarten parents. To be honest, I’m not sure if I am paying attention because I need to be relatively affirmed in the way Tina and I raise Jonathan or if I just like people watching. In any case, the experience has been hilarious…now, I’m ready to share.
The following is a list of the kinds of kindergarten parents have seen either before or after school. Can you identify with any of them?
- The Bluetooth Dad – This is the father (usually in the morning) talking on his bluetooth while dropping off his child at school. Often, the there is little conversation with their children outside of word usage like “stop there” or “don’t cross that street yet”.
- The Perfect Make-Up Mom in the Sporting Outfit – This is the mother who shows up wearing the latest Nike or Adidas gear with perfect make up. Now, it would be one thing if she looked like she worked out, but the usual case is that Sports Wear is a fashion statement and not functional.
- The “I need to capture every moment” Parent – This is the parent (usually males) who bring an entire suitcase of various lenses needed for their cameras (I’m not joking) in order to catch that Kodak moment. You know…the moments like the first steps their child takes into the school, the first classroom goodbye, the first hug with the other parent, the first hello with a new friend, etc.
- The “I can’t believe I’m a parent” Parent – This is the parent who never thought they would ever be a parent. These parents looked dazed and confused and want a way out of this unexpected reality. They want to be cool, but they’re no longer (or never were). These parents resist the reality of letting go of their adolescence and becoming “adults”.
- The Power Trip Parent – This is the parent who seek to “take over” campus. They desire to take the platform of a school for their own promotion of power and image by participating in numerous school committees and activities. The line becomes blurred between doing something for their kids and doing something for themselves.
- The Extremely Organized Parent – This is the parent (usually women in my son’s school) who has a label for everything (e.g., backpacks, lunch pails, clothing, shoes, tissue packs, etc.). They are ones who tell the teacher what is coming up.
- The Body Tattooed Parent – This is the parent who clearly becomes fish out of water. This is not so much that they are in any way bad people, but that some of the other parents don’t know how to interact with such people.
- The Party Parent – This is the parent that had a little bit too much to drink the night before and seeks to cover it with dark shades. Unfortunately, their hair give them away. 🙂
- The ESL (English as a Second Language) Parent – Bless these parents who lack verbal communication in English. Some of them just smile…what else can they do? They try hard with their body language and even squeeze out a few words, but still come up short in communicating their hearts desires. (I personally love these parents.)
- The Activist Parent – This is the parent who can’t stop wearing clothing that point people to websites about poverty, orphans, and human trafficking. I wonder who this is? LOL
Do you have any other kinds of parents to add to this list?
With this all being said, I guess were just all different kinds of people trying our best to become the best parents we can be.
Here’s to all the kindergarten parents…Cheers!