Ahem…So the biggest prince got sent home today because he had a bad stomach ache in class. Came in looking like a wet weekend. Hasn’t interfered at all in his killing mercenaries on the Wii but when I pass by he gives me the obligatory kvetch.
The school secretary just called. (One of these days I shall have to tell her what my name really is, politely). Wanted to see how he was doing, which I thought was quite sweet. I told her he still has some tummy discomfort. And here is where I got some interesting unsolicited advice. I need to take a spoon of hot water and a spoon of oregano, mix them together and make him drink it. It will cure him in no time. I thanked her kindly, hung up the phone and dissolved into fits of giggles.
It was just surreal. Oregano? Hot water? For the tummy? At least she cares???
Please, when you call up a parent, know the correct name of the person to whom you wish to speak. Do not use this opportunity to pass judgment on the amount of times the person has been married and your inability to keep track of the name changes.
Please identify yourself, the educational establishment you represent, and what subject you teach. If you do not have this information you shouldn’t be allowed to make this phone call.
Please also identify exactly which child you would like to speak to the parent about. “Your son” or “Your daughter” doesn’t help much when you have several in the same school. Again, if you don’t know about which child you are calling don’t make the call. Parents cannot be expected to remember which of their kids is in what grade. Most of the time we can’t even remember their names when they are in front of us.
Please also check your facts before making the call just in case you might be wrong. This can avoid many hassles for YOU such as having to look for a child, that has been exempted from a certain class, because you called the parent to say the child was missing from school. Additionally please remember perhaps there is a good reason. Perhaps one should check with the authority figures at the school whether permission was granted for said child to be absent / present elsewhere at a certain time. Perhaps the parent is aware the child isn’t there. Checking your facts would prevent you having to make a follow up call to said parent to apologize and to assuage their fears and put their mind at ease that the child is indeed present in their scholastic institution and hasn’t been kidnapped by rabid wild dingoes.
Please also remember, when talking to the parents, to have an easy conciliatory tone. Most parents don’t take kindly to accusations and bullying. You need to be on the same page – the best interests of the child. Making character assassinations is not helpful, but it does give the parents plenty of fodder for venting at a later date.
Hanging up the phone after muttering expletives does not endear you to the parent body.
Ok peeps, this totally tickled my funny bone – this blog has been nominated for a Blogger’s Choice Award in the Category of Hottest Mommy Blogger. There is a button on the sidebar that you can click to follow it to vote for me. I didn’t ask to be nominated, yet I have been. So vote early and vote often. (Cannot believe I am currently ahead of Dooce…but I am sure that will change. Not because she is hotter, but because she is much more well known. In hotness we know I win hands down!!).
Totally laughing my little head off here….
ETA – upon further investigation it seems I have also been nominated for Best Parenting Blog, Best Religion Blog and Best Blog About Stuff. Wow.
So many of you emailed me for the text of the letter to send to the Senator. By my count at least 50 people faxed him. Maybe more. There were several reports of the fax machine being busy, so that was a good thing. Thank you all for participating.
Last night around 5.30 I was emailing back and forth with my friend who lives 3 houses down from us in NY. All of a sudden she writes me that Senator Schumer’s secretary just called her, told her she received her fax about the Milners, could she please have phone numbers for me and the KoD. OMG! Maybe, just maybe, he wants to help in some way??!!
So I was in the midst of cooking supper and dealing with kids and my heart was pumping a mile a minute. What did this phone call mean? Of course I immediately texted the KoD and got a reply back of WOW!! For the next hour I heard nothing from the KoD. I texted him to no avail. I managed to convince myself that he was on the phone with the Senator or his people. I was on shpilkes (tenterhooks)!! Turns out the KoD was eating dinner and put his phone to charge!!!! No senator. I don’t know how I managed to convince myself that he was on the phone….Excitement I guess. I barely slept last night.
I really don’t know what this means, if anything, but I know it means we got the Senator’s attention. So today could be just another ordinary day or our lives could totally change…