Each morning when I take the girls to school, I prefer to drop both Marley and Delaney off at their classrooms (with Journey in tow of course), as opposed to pulling up to the curb and allowing them to walk into the building on their own.
For me, hand delivering them to their classrooms allows me to briefly interact with their teachers (nothing more than a pleasant “good morning”) and to give the girls a proper goodbye after the hectic morning and mad rush it took to get them there on time!
I’m sure there are pros and cons to my actions.
I sometimes wonder if by walking them in, I’m allowing them to be less independent or less self-sufficient than the kids who’s parents do a curb drop off.
But for me, I’d rather not miss the short contact I make with each of their teachers which, in my mind, makes them aware of my commitment to my girls, their education, and affirms the level of care I expect them to receive in my absence. Plus, I just want to make sure my little girls make it to where they’re supposed to be – safe and sound…I don’t know, maybe it’s just a daddy thing.
However, I read that in an effort to tighten security in the wake of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT some districts around the country have banned parents from walking their children into the schools.
I don’t know of any such policy at my girls school because first off, I never thought to ask, and secondly, I’m sure if there was one, I would have been told by now.
Walking my daughters to their classrooms just seems like the natural thing for me to do! Especially since I have the time to do it, as I don’t have an outside job to rush off to in the morning.
Plus I don’t plan on doing this forever! I realize that at some point I will decide that they are old enough and fully capable of walking the distance from the car to the classroom on their own. Or as time passes, they will be too embarrassed to have ol’ dad acting as personal chaperone – and then I’ll be kicked to the curb.
But for now, I plan to continue to enjoy this practice until I’m led to do otherwise.
So what do you think? Walking your young kids to their classrooms, Cool or Uncool?