Good Parent vs. Bad Parent?

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Are you a good or bad parent?


Your seven year old child loses a ribbon from a school competition. 


Do you ask the teacher for a replacement?








Here is a list of reasons for asking for a replacement ribbon.
1. Your child is sad.
2. Your child wants their ribbon.
3. You are a scrapbooker.
4. You are building a portfolio for your child.
5. You like ribbons, blue ones, red ones, yellow ones...
6. You believe a bully stole the ribbon.
7. Your child's self-esteem is based on building  a large
    collection of ribbons.
8. Your self-esteem as a parent is based
       on your ability to prevent sadness
   and ensure happy living.
9. You wish you were awarded a ribbon to make up for
    that time in band camp when you lost 'best band
    performer' to that mean girl Becky who grew up to steal
    your high school boyfriend and best friend in college and
    is now your child's school principal.
10. You want to take a picture to post on FaceBook because
    it is a known fact all family pictures on FaceBook
    signifies you are better than all your friends who can't
    post pictures as beautiful, accomplished and as perfect as
    yours. A picture with a ribbon is like gold on FaceBook!

Poor baby is reaching for ducky!


















Here is a list of reasons for not asking for a replacement ribbon.
1. It's a ribbon!
2. Your house has enough child related clutter!
3. A ribbon reminds you of the fact you aren't a perfect
   parent compared to all of your friends who portray their
   perfect life on Facebook.
4. It's a ribbon!
5. Your child misplaced the ribbon, not you!
6. You are afraid if you replace this
  ribbon you will be responsible for 
  replacing everything your child ever
  loses anything in life!
7. Your child misplaced the ribbon, not you!
8. Is it really that serious? The ribbon will only exist in a
   book your child will not look at again until twenty-five
   years of age. (Unless you have a ribbon display case!!!!)
9. Your child misplaced the ribbon, not you!
10. It's a ribbon!

Have you thought of your answer? What would you do? WWYD?

Don't answer yet!

Since this is my post I will answer. Let's pretend my best good daughter misplaced her ribbon. What would I do?

SWEETNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I propose the following conversation....

CHANNING: "Mummy I lost my ribbon from school!"
ME: "Okay! Are you sad?"
CHANNING: "Yes... I really wish I had my ribbon!"
                 (Insert tears here!)
MUMMY: "I'm sorry. Where was the last place you saw your
            ribbon?"
CHANNING: "At school."
MUMMY: "Did you secure it? Did you put it in your desk
           or bag?"
CHANNING: "Umm..!"
MUMMY: "That sounds like a no! Well the moral of the story
           is take care of your ribbons. The next time you get
           a ribbon put it in your desk or bag!"

Would I be a bad parent or a good parent?
Should I be more sympathetic?!

What are your thoughts?
Ask for a replacement or accept the loss? As a teacher and parent there is so much more I can write about this topic but I would love to hear from you!


Until I blog again,
Tiffany
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4 comments:

Antja said...

Uhmmm! Sounds like a real conversation!
I AM DYING WITH LAUGHTER!
Next blog post - Good Teacher or Bad Teacher: what Do You Do When a Parent Asks to Replace a Lost Ribbon!
Hilariously good read!
Yes, I'my still laughing!

Anonymous said...

I would do exactly what you did teach the child a lesson about responsibility. If something is that important to you be more cafeful with it.

Shaunna Kemp Burrows said...

I would react the same. If it were that important, you would have secured it. End of story.
Good read!

Shaunna Kemp Burrows said...

I would react the same. If it were that important, you would have secured it. End of story.
Good read!

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