Random Thought

“If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I’ll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home.” ~ Anonymous

Have you ever seen this quote floating around?   Every time I come upon it I have to shake my head and laugh.

I can’t count the number of times a parent has reported to me something their child has said about our day at school and I’m just dumbfounded … cause that sure didn’t happen in MY world.

And if I ever decide to question the child about said comment, they ALWAYS look at me like I’m crazy. There’s a little thought bubble above their head screaming, “Are you nuts? Where did you get an idea like that?”

A few years ago a parent relayed something their little boy had supposedly said about me to his aunt … it wasn’t super complimentary so I was a bit upset. But then just a few days later, this child was chatting away with me and said, right out of the BLUE, “My mom and auntie just get carried away with everything!”  I almost started laughing … mostly out of relief … because at that moment I realized YES, it was a misunderstanding.

But of course, it works both ways, and I always try to remind myself about that. It’s not that I don’t believe my kids when they tell me something outrageous or disturbing about their family life. I just pause and remember some of the ridiculous statements that have made their way home from the classroom.

Just saying — ha ha!

This is how I feel some days


19 thoughts on “Random Thought”

  1. So true! Children will tell you stories because they think it is something you want to hear. Not necessarily the truth. Take everything with a grain of salt.~Andi

  2. This is so true!! It makes me even more nervous because my own child is in school. This past year (when he was in Kindergarten) his teacher came over to me on the playground and said, \”I had no idea you had more children!\” (She was giggling the whole time, because she knew EXACTLY how many children I have!) It turns out, she heard Luke talking to some of his buddies and he was telling them about his two older brothers and sister who was his same age! We had a good laugh and we realized that he was talking about his cousins!-MeganFirst Grade Magic

  3. I'm laughing just looking at that monkey! 😉 I knew a teacher, now retired, who made that comment (the anonymous statement at the top) to her parents at conferences every year. I sometimes will say it to parents when they relay to me something outrageous that was told to them by their child. We all know we hear some wild and crazy stories about home. It works the other way too!DeeFirst Impressions

  4. SO true! I can't wait to be on the other end of it when my son Shawn goes to school. I wonder what kinds of things he'll report to his teacher that I said at home. Ha! I've heard some pretty funny stuff from from kids in my class so you know it goes both ways. A little scary to think about actually… :)SarahSarah's First Grade Snippets

  5. So true! I've thought about telling parents that upfront at Open House too. Sometimes I wish parents would ask for details before just believing what their kids come home and say. I had to really bite my tongue one year when a parent complained about something ridiculous the student said I did. She insisted that her child never lies. I really wanted to say to her \”so you and his father drink 50 beers every night!\”-that's what the child was telling kids at recess the previous day! 🙂NotJustChild'sPlay


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