Back-to-school night: With four kids, I’ve attended a few. Last night the Principal at my children’s grade school delivered an opening message worth memorizing: Eat, read, sleep.
Families today are busy! It sounds trite, but it’s true. With 24/7 connectivity, a recession, and a global economy, most parents are working longer hours than ever. The majority of American households have two parents in the paid workforce; hence, the Principal’s heartfelt message: try to eat dinner together as a family, sans gadgets! Even if some are absent because of extra-curricular activities, sit down with those who are home, he implored. Now, I’m no Julia Child, but my gut says, “He is right, even if dinner is a store-bought roast chicken or kids claim they must complete homework at the table.”
The audience at this back-to-school night consisted of middle-school parents. I wonder if they were surprised when the Principal next recommended that we read to our pre-teens. Of course this is another challenge given the busy-ness of today’s modern family, but I know that when I ACTUALLY do it, the kids love it--and I’m not sure, but it appears their stuffed animals, teachers, and vocabularies do too.