As a parent it’s nice to occasionally share bad cop responsibilities with someone other than your spouse. That’s why you’re usually pretty cool with school telling your kid what to do. But when they start trying to do the same thing to you, it could cause some problems. That’s what happened when Little Rock’s Catholic High School For Boys attempted to out-dad parents with their latest policy: If your kid leaves something at home, tough.
The school’s controversial policy gained national attention when the school posted a sign stating the policy on their Facebook page. It reads “If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.” And if that didn’t piss parents off, the caption “Welcome to Catholic High. We teach reading, writing, arithmetic, and problem-solving,” likely did the trick. It’s the opposite extreme of helicopter parenting, that may leave you yelling “Get to the chopper!” in you best Arnold voice.
To see both sides of this argument, look no further than the photo’s comments of parents debating both sides. On one hand, these are high school students who are preparing for college, where there parents can’t bail them out. On the other, even adults forget their lunch sometimes (and you’re not gonna like them when they’re hangry). Still, with over 70,000 likes and nearly 120,000 shares, it seems that parents are not that conflicted about being told what to do … as long as they’re being told to do less.