A mum from the US has shared her outrage upon receiving a letter from her child's preschool outlining certain 'expectations' required of three and four-year-old children.
The letter, shared on US parenting site Scary Mommy, offers passive-aggressive advice on how adults should 'parent' their own children, including teaching them about the 'importance of sharing, and to remind them that once toys are put away, playtime is finished.
'We made it through a really tough first month with tears, attitudes, unwillingness, not listening, not obeying the rules and especially, too much talking and not enough sitting in seats when asked to. We work on this every day at school, but we need help from home, too. We realise kids don’t want to sit and would rather talk and play when they want to; but that’s not how school works,' it read.
'Preschool is preparation to go on to “big” school and these things are important there, too. We simply can’t say that our kids don’t like colouring and sitting still because Kindergarten and first grade have a lot of colouring. Please, work five or ten minutes each day with your child on this and you’ll see improvement. We have seen improvement with several kids already. We realise it’s a fast-paced world and parents work, but the adults in the house have to be in charge and help the kids to understand this. Please, talk to your child about the importance of sharing, not fighting, keeping their hands to themselves, and learning to get along with each other. Remind them that once we pick up the toys that we don’t get them back out again, because we are done playing and going on to learning fun things.”
No doubt the school were faced with serious backlash from upset parents following the newsletter send.
What would you have done?