Thursday, July 8, 2010


A couple of my friends have posted an article, All Joy and No Fun: Why parents hate parenting, on their Facebook pages recently and I took the time to read it this morning because it talks about the happiness levels of parents and if they are really happier than people who are not parents. Of course, I am definitely interested in this because, like most women my age, I would love to have a family. I also have a wonderful sister who is getting ready to have our family's first grandchild and that has honestly got me thinking about it more and pondering what is going to happen. I'll be turning the big 4-0 in October and while I still think I've got at least five more good years left in which to have a child, it's on my mind.

Then I look at my friends who do have children and observe the stress that they are under, but I have to admit that I never saw it as a deterrent. I just always assumed that like with everything else in life, you take the good with the bad.

What I took away from reading this article that could be applied to what I want to do with the school follows below. I think about these things because I may not ever get the chance to be a mom. And if that's so, then I want to do whatever I can to help parents...because ultimately, it will help the kids and that's my goal.

Ideas for classes:

1. After school homework tutoring – Get it all done before dinner!
2. Parent’s Night Out – Fun time for kids of parents who promise to go on a date!
3. Parenting classes: Basic tools to cut down on the constant conflicts in the house, gain control and ways in which to quit comparing yourselves to other parents.

Other ideas:

1. No watching videos at the school unless they are produced and created by the kids/teachers or unless they are completely related to what we are doing.
2. Days/Nights when parents come to the classes and spend time with their children are good if they can get away from work because they will feel as if they are not missing so much.

1 comment:

  1. Two things: 1.) We will probably watch videos at te school because there are so many great films to learn from and there are so many great resources out there. However, I'm still really intreagued by the idea of creating our own snacks, entertainment, etc. by doing so many creative things. 2.) PBS aired the episode about the Jenks nursing home/Pre-K and K tonight!!! It's their pilot episode and I DVR'd it. Can't wait to watch it!!!