It Takes a Mother to Raise a Village

About a year ago I read this book

My friend MaryAnn picked it for book group and gave us each a chapter to focus on and then share with the rest of the group. It was a great experience.

Today I volunteered in Caely’s class at school. This happens to me every year, I go in to one of my kids class, attract the kid who most needs attention, and get really frustrated that he doesn’t get the care he/she needs from home. I am NOT the perfect mom, I will never claim to be. I do feel that if you have a child, NO MATTER WHAT, they come first. There is nothing more embarrassing than being the slow kid, or the kid who “get’s” it last. I feel for these kids and wish with all my heart that parents would step up. Turn off the T.V. and do home work or read w/ your kids.

I understand that not everyone can be as awesome as I am. Okay, I’m kidding. But I do understand that not every home can have a full time mom/dad. Or that situations make it so you don’t have the time. We are here to help each other.

My plea today is that you volunteer in your kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews class if you have the time (or make it). Because there are kids out there who need you and it DEFINITELY takes a mother/father to raise a village.

Okay, rant over. And no, I don’t want your side of the story (I mean that in the nicest way).

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2 Responses to “It Takes a Mother to Raise a Village”

  1. O.K. Em, I know you said that you didn’t want our side of the story, and I totally agree with you that there are some mom’s and dad’s that sit on the sideline, have kids and expect that the school system will just do it all and don’t support the teachers or even help their kids complete homework, but I need to speak for those of us who may appear that way because of the reflection our children give off to the rest of the world. We have struggled with Tan since about 2nd grade….you know that I have always been proactive in his education. From the time he was a bitty baby I read to him, I took him to book baby as soon as I learned it was available, we had (and still have) scheduled “learning time” throughout the week, I have volunteered in his classroom, I have read with him and seek new avenues to help him learn on a constant basis, we have even had him tested at the Psychoeducational Department at the University of Utah just to make sure he isn’t Dyslexic (so far they just say that his processing speed is super slow….and even though I know better, I have always wondered what I could have done differently to help him excell in school instead of flownder like he does) and I have been confronted by parents and teachers who just assume that I am sitting on my butt. My whole point is that even though a child may give off an image of parents who don’t take the time or put forth the effort we shouldn’t just assume that they are reflecting what is truely happening at home. I know that your entry was really meant to just encourage people to get out and help “raise the village” and I totally agree, but lets also do our best not to judge and just love the children and parents for what they are able to do. Cindy

  2. […] EVERY parent I got a hold of said yes, and they really meant it. No persuading. What a relief. I did 3 parties for Tyler last year and got two parents to help with one party (hope that made sense). I was pleasantly surprised and very grateful for the time these parents are committing to spend with their kids. (You all know how I feel about that). […]

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