Whether it is the end of the school year or at the beginning, the posts on social media that poke fun about parents or teachers “handing off” the kids don’t always sit right with me.  Maybe they are just for a chuckle and mean no harm, but they often seem inappropriate to me.  Whether it is, “Tag, parents, you’re it!” in June or parents doing the happy dance posts on the first day of school, I am sure that both transitions are often bittersweet for those involved.  I am also not sure if such humour does much to support working relationships and respect between teachers and parents.  It doesn’t have to be about the teachers or parents, if the focus is on what students and children need from us — in and out of school and from our communities (it takes a village…).  I get it — sometimes teaching becomes parenting, and parenting is teaching.  If there is a sigh of relief about a break from either role, I don’t think it has to be jab in either direction.  Both roles are hard work.  Teachers and schools can have limitations in support, as do many families.  Communities may also vary in the support (of schools and families.)  Both teaching and parenting can be lonely and isolating.  The school year presents difficulties to parents, as well as the summer months. Playing in the community has changed for children and it can be hard to transition from the structure of school to the open-ended days of summer.  Many parents have to work and adjustments are plenty for the months the children are off school — regardless of work and family schedules.

Do I need to lighten up about this?  I would hope such “jokes” are really an expression of and/or a reaction to the lack of support that can be the case for each role.  If support improved (for parents, teachers and children), would such “handing off” jokes even be a thing?  I have to wonder…