Amy: Parents worry about school 'snob factor'

  • Article by: AMY DICKINSON
  • Updated: October 17, 2012 - 1:43 PM

Also: Son comes first, and getting gift-giving under control.

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jamue11eOct. 19, 12 9:28 AM

We found that when gifts were being donated to charity, the quality of gifts plummeted or no gift was given at all. I realize when going to charity, a cheap gift is better than no gift. However, for me, it was easy to space out bringing one or two items over to charity in a timely manner. We started putting on the invites "Your 'Presence' is Gift Enough". Our kids still got gift cards from some of the kids who didn't quite get the phrase. So now, "No Gifts Please" goes on the invites. Since doing this, almost all the kids friends do this.

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fattyfatamyOct. 19, 12 8:55 PM

My blue collar parents scrimped and saved to put me in a private girl's school when I was 12. After two weeks or so I had begun to "take on airs", constantly belittling my home and my parents. This being the 60s, my blue collar papa corrected my behavior with the firm application of his belt to my bare behind. Such remedies are frowned upon these days, but it sure worked it my case. Kids will all too often mimic their peers. Private schools can be great for kids, as mine was. Just be prepared to help your kids with some "adjustments" if their behavior changes.

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mnmaggiemnOct. 22, 1210:48 AM

If youre so worried about these openly ok habits why would you let your kids be involved. Yes, you may be a great parent but you are asking for trouble "BUT THEIR PARENTS LET THEM DO IT". So unless you want to be in a situaion where you shouldnt allow your kids to be friends with classmates (or risk them starting up the same habits) you are making a mistake. If you feel as though your kids need more challenges, ask the school about a gifted and talented or extra credit or some schools will even allow the class work of the next grade or so be taught to your children. There are other options

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