Wednesday, December 15, 2004


I'm a bad parent. No, really, I'm terrible.

For example, I DID NOT KNOW that when your teenager is sick and stays home from school that GOOD PARENTS not only call the school in the morning to say, "She has a fever and won't be coming in today," but they ALSO dutifully write a HAND-WRITTEN note to the school, sign it, date it (adding some DNA wouldn't hurt) and send it with their child when she's well enough to return to school.

How did I learn this? Because I got a call from the school informing me of all of the UNEXCUSED absences (a total of 3) this semester. "This is a problem," the family resource center coordinator calmly informs me.

No kidding. My kid's mother is STUPID. That's the problem.


Anonymous said...

How long have you been doing this? These kids aren't new, are they?

    -- Jason

dottcomments said...

Well, you're not going to believe this, but these kids RARELY are absent. My rule used to be that you had to have a fever or be bleeding -- that's it -- to miss school.

Jack was "Mr. Perfect Attendance" for several years and Hannah used to beg ("please, Mom, I threw up four times") to no avail. I've lightened up a bit lately.

So I guess I just never learned how to report them absent, that's all. That, and I'm stupid.