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Coloring at School

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This morning I went to school with my son for the student/mother (and/or grandmother) breakfast, and we were invited to stay for a while to visit the classroom. I was the only one who stayed after breakfast, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly!

We started with a sudoku puzzle, and then we went to art. I had not intended to stay for art, but all the kids wanted me to stay, and I had a really good time with them. We drew farm animals from a guide book, and then we got to color them with colored pencils. I love colored pencils. You can do so much with them. I like them better than markers or crayons! Anyway, I drew a pig and a duck, and a barn. The book had barns and tractors and fences and landscaping too. My duck looked dorky, so I named him "Dorky Duck" and all the kids liked that. I watched them each be very creative with their farm animals, and we discussed creative license at my table.

All of the kids at my table were polite and helpful and wanted to sharpen my pencils and offer advice and encouragement. Many expressed how much they wished their mothers were there. These are fifth graders, mind you, and they are still wishing their moms were there.

It is true. I have missed very few events that I was invited to be at to support my children, and to those my mom and/or my dad went. Most of the time I am one of the very few parents who are there, and the kids have always expressed how much they wished a parent was there. Have I always been fortunate to have employers that allow for that or are adults just too busy? When I asked one little girl if her mother had to work she told me no, but her mom couldn't stay because she had promised the dog a walk. Personally I think the dog could have and would have waited 45 minutes, but who am I to judge?

I see these kids growing up so fast! Not just mine, but all of them that go to school with my kids. We have so little time when they are young. I find them very difficult at times, but my son was so glad to have me there, that it makes up for all of the aggravating times! I think it made him proud to have me there! I think other parents are missing out, and I think that most employers would be OK with the occasional breakfast at school with your child. Especially because we are given enough advance notification.

I am not judging, I am just sharing my thoughts. Kids need us and we need them! Coloring is good for us! I think I need a new coloring book!

When was the last time you colored?
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  • HUMMINGBIRDFLY
    My son is an adult and I have great memories of attending school programs, parent/child days, marching band competitions, and other activities. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
    Myrna emoticon
    4025 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5707126
    Such a great Blog. My children are all grown now and this is the first time in 30 years I don't have a kid in school, not even in college. I cherish it all from the first days to the college plays and graduations. I am missing those this year so I am glad you went with your son. Enjoy these times they will be beautiful memories. emoticon
    4025 days ago
  • BKGOOBERH
    I am glad you got to enjoy the time with your son. I work full time but I always make sure my kids come first. I like to be at all their events and field trips, it keeps me an active part of their school life, and they know I will always be there to support them. My employers knew when they hired me, I was a mom first, and an employee second. Luckily I work for a small family owned business and they would think less of me if I didn't make parenting my priority.

    My daughter is in 5th grade and my son is in 2nd. It really is amazing how fast time flies!!

    -Brandi
    4025 days ago
  • ROSIE777
    emoticon Glad you had a great time with your son. emoticon children are a precious gift from God emoticon I am glad you are making precious memories emoticon
    4025 days ago
  • USARUNNERGIRL
    I agree, more parents should make time to experience things with their children.
    4025 days ago
  • SOPHIEMAE2007
    I love to color. I can't tell you when I last colored. I rememeber buying a Peanuts coloring book several years ago for a niece or nephew and I think I kept it. I may still have it somewhere.

    I cannot believe that woman put her dog before her child. I feel sorry for that child. I don't have legged creatures and I wouldn't even do that. I think the younger parents of today, and I don't mean to offend anyone, don't care sometimes....at least from observations I have made. They let their kids run free, they have no manners and no discipline. Very few I have run into have been very polite and well behaved. I really think it is because they have "older" parents. I have even discussed this with my friends that are in their 40's that have younger children. I think because we were raised in the 60's and there were still "at home moms". So many homes now are 2 incomes or single parents and someone else raises the child. Just my opinion.
    4025 days ago
  • COLLARANDCUFFS
    oh that is lovely i am glad your son enjoyed having you in school emoticon

    i love colouring too maybe that is why i work in school so i can join in with the children emoticon

    as for the last time i did colouring......... this morning
    we had to..... sorry the children had to draw a picture of a garden then write a sentence to describe it with an adjective in the sentence, i just did the picture emoticon

    what age is fifth grade? i work in year 3 which is age 7 to 8
    4026 days ago
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