GUEST BLOG: I know a lovely blogger who works in an area of the government that makes it impossible for them to post this on their own site. I am posting it for them here. This person has insights and coalface experience relevant to the new powers the Queensland government has handed to school principals.
FIRST of all, let me be clear – my child is happy, well-adjusted and doing OK. Great report card and this adorable kid comes home from school happy most days. This blog post is about motherhood and the struggle we go through trying to give our kids not just a good childhood, but a freaking awesome one, and the things we do to ourselves in that endeavour. There were two birthday parties this weekend that my child was not invited to. So naturally that started me off on a fretting frenzy. Can I help my child make friends?
THE first day of school is a major milestone in the motherhood journey. Whether it’s your first or your third child off to begin their institutionalised learning, it’s a big step for them and for mum. Some mums cry, sad to see their child leaving babyhood behind, some are happy, thrilled at the next stage for the family. Here’s a first person account from two very different mothers about their child’s first day – one sobbed (Yvette, pictured left) and one jumped for joy (me, in the glasses). Continue reading
I have just finished my first stint as tuckshop helper – and it was a revelation. My boys are in Year 2 and Year 1, so it’s a job I’ve been gearing up for, along with joining the P&C. (What can I say? I’m a joiner-inner). So, how did it go?And did I manage to stop myself scoffing all the party pies?
So, in an odd coincidence, this week religion, and of course, atheism reared their controversial heads again. I learned this week that my children’s school has overlooked my wishes for my children to be excluded from religion classes and has in fact had my son attending religious
education indoctrination classes!
Hubby wanted me to clarify his position outlined in yesterday’s post on what to teach our children when one parent is a rabid atheist and the other is
a believer an agnostic. He is not a believer. He also says I misunderstood yesterday (wouldn’t be the first time) and that he is …
Remember school banking through the Commonwealth Bank? It was my very first savings account, when I was about 10 years old, from musty memory. I’d take my pocket money to school and what was left after I hit the tuckshop would go into my school banking envelope. Well those school savings accounts are STILL around!! And now my children have one…
Well school and kindy drop-offs have been negotiated and we’re getting back into the school routine. My kids are in Year 2 and Year 1 this year, with Miss Matilda starting kindy. I’m a mum like any other mum, and I want my children to thrive in school. I want them to love learning. So… Continue reading
The day has finally arrived – almost. On Monday morning my youngest, my four-year-old daughter Matilda, will begin kindergarten. It will mark the commencement of the second stage of parenthood for hubby and me, when we hand our progeny over to The System. We will finally have some regular time separate from our kids. I’m happy. Mostly. The day brings a twinge of sadness for the things that will no longer be part of our lives. Things like…
So handwriting is no longer being taught in many US schools and, inevitably, it will no longer be taught here. It seems the typed word has superceded the cursive-written word. My first reaction, when I read this on a friend’s Facebook page (credit to Westie!) was shock and outrage. But when I tried to qualify my outrage … Continue reading