Recently, the high school where my older two attends had an introduction program for students and parents who are planning to join the school next year. The school usually match up ‘new’ parents with ‘old’ parents and I met this lady whose daughter is very interested in the maths acceleration program. She, like me doesn’t live in the catchment area and needs permission from the dept of education to register the child in a non catchment area school. The process is pretty straightforward and I told her the only draw back is, there is no school bus service. School bus is only for students attending the school in the catchment area.
“How do your children get to school?” She asked
“They take public transport”I replied.
“What time do they have to leave home?” She asked
“They leave at 7 AM” I said
“What time do they get up?”
“About 6 AM”
“My god, isn’t that too early?” She looked at me as though I have committed the biggest crime ever known to mankind by getting my kids to get up 6 AM.
I didn’t know how to answer a question like that. How is it so bad if your child gets up early in the morning? ( Millions of kids around the world get up at crack of the dawn to get ready and catch the school bus)
“Is there a direct bus to school from your place?” She asked
“No, they get off at the bus station and then walk 2 km to their school.”
Actually, most of the kids walk from the bus/train station to school. They all have a meeting point where those who came early wait for the rest of them and they walk together. In the evening, all of them walk together again to the station.
The mother that I spoke to was none too happy about her child having to get up very early or having to walk to school from the station every day.
That brings me to the point..Does it really harm your child if they get up early or having to walk a bit?
I wanted my children to learn responsibility, time management and be independent..I also know their school bag is very heavy, now they even have to carry their laptop to school each day..My mother always complained that my parenting style was thumpiyeyum kondu kallu eduppikkuva..
Am I being too harsh on my kids?