I’m a big supporter of public education and my daughter’s teachers. I really am! In fact, I’m able to write this blog post today because I’m on leave and am about to go volunteer at the PTO’s annual fun run, handing out water to the kids as they run laps for money. I think teachers are amazing, and do fabulous work that is often underappreciated. I also realize that you spend almost as much time with my child as I do, and for that I thank you.
However, I do have one small request for teachers, schools and others who are looking for a fast and easy way to incentivize learning and education for my child. Please quit scheduling Crazy Hair Day.
As a parent who already struggles to get myself and my child ready for school and out the door on time each day, the last thing I need is to worry about turning the top of my kid’s head into a mobile work of art. Usually, kids incentivized by crazy hair day are in elementary grades. These kids, we all know, are not doing their own hair. So the folly of trying to imagine new hairstyles that are easy, fast and (as the kids would want) more outrageous than any previously worn all falls on the parent.
I already have to get them awake, dressed, fed and gather all of their school projects and belongings. NOW I have to spend time crafting a masterpiece that hopefully won’t get wrecked before my girl even walks in the classroom door. Not taking part is not an option. If my daughter doesn’t have crazy hair, then she didn’t win her reward. So instead, I feel personally punished as I get out the comb and the ponytail ties and get to work quickly, and with as little whining as possible from the pulling and twisting I’m about to inflict.
Also, I apparently can’t keep it simple, either. I heard last night that my girl’s hair wasn’t complemented as one of the best. So next crazy hair day, something more extravagant must be done. Sigh. At least, that’s what my daughter believes (it won’t happen, I promise you).
Please, teachers. I know we are on budgets. I know the kids like rewards. But how about we just stick to pj day, or inside-out day for now on?
Just a simple request from me to you. Thank you for all you do.