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Do you think parents should be allowed to walk their children into the classroom during drop-off?

Posted by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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Schools That Banned Parents From Walking Kids Into Classrooms Are Doing Them a Favor

by Ericka Sóuter

walking to schoolThe morning drop-off at school is an important tradition for many families. The benefits are twofold -- more quality time with your kids and the peace of mind knowing that they got there safely. Parents take comfort in seeing their child get settled into their seat. However, one Texas school district is banning parents from entering the building after the first week of classes. It may sound harsh, but it's in everyone's best interest.

It can be hard for a parent to let go, especially when our little ones first start school. How many moms have shed tears as their kindergartner makes his way into school for the first time? And certainly those first few days are just as harrowing for our little ones. The building can seem big, scary, and overwhelming. It makes sense that initially there is a period of adjustment for everyone.

For the first week or two, parents should be allowed to escort their kid into the classroom to help soothe their tears and fears. But allowing the coddling to go on any longer than that is a very bad idea. You have to cut the umbilical cord. Our kids have to learn a bit of independence and that starts with school drop-off.

I also agree with the school's claim that it is a safety issue. You can't have a hundred parents crowding the halls every morning. That creates a great deal of havoc and is hard for teachers and administrators to keep the environment under control. And in the wake of so much school violence, who can argue with that?

Do you think parents should be allowed to walk their children into the classroom during drop-off?

by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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fullxbusymom
by Ruby Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

No I don't I think it goes much more smoothly when parents drop off at the door or they take the bus.

RiotousDigits
by Ruby Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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It's not allowed at my kids' school.  In fact, the kids aren't even allowed in the building until the bell rings.  they line up and attendence is taken outside.

I like it.

2pink1blue
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

We are only permitted to walk the kids in on the first day.  After that we drop them off through the car line or the bus stop.  Despite how against the policy I was when my first born was a Kindy, I now competely understand and agree that it really is best for the kids.

LAXmom21
by Ruby Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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 I agree, but I also dont think parents should be eating lunch with their kids every week or even once a month. I know my opinion is not popular right now but it's JMO.

Quoting fullxbusymom:

No I don't I think it goes much more smoothly when parents drop off at the door or they take the bus.

 

dandylynes
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

No, it creates too much chaos inside the school building.

DusterMommy
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM
I was about to say "Yeah!", because my oldest starts Kindergarten next week and I plan to walk her to her class on the first day. But that says "after the first week", in which case, no - by that point, kids can get to their room on their own.
TranquilMind
by Ruby Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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 Absolutely. 

This "cutting the umbilical cord" argument is ridiculous.  The TRUTH is the reverse of popular "wisdom", as is usually so.

Very confident adults are created by parents who meet their children's needs early and make them feel very secure.  The children should set the pace of wandering farther and farther from parents, not the artificial way we do it for adult convenience in this society of pushing the young children away into daycare and school so early.

All wrong.

quickbooksworm
by Ruby Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM
First day I walked him to his classroom. Second day to the front door because the traffic was so horrendous it was faster to park and walk him. Today dropped off on the car line. I'm not a fan of strangers roaming the halls. Even parents aren't always safe.
aj_mom
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

DS is usually dropped off at the door. However, every now and then he likes one of us to go in with him.

bbluvsme
by Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

It should be allowed the first day, it seems like it'd be really crowded if it was everyday.

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