I know it seems like a delayed reaction on my part to be talking about this just now when the school year is almost over. But the first time this happened to me, I thought it was just an isolated incident. Earlier today though, I realized that it isn't. I'm talking about the MBB's at my son's school....those Moms Behaving Badly.
You see, my son's preschool has a drop-off system. You're supposed to get a parking spot in the morning as you arrive, wait in the car with your child, until the teachers come out of the building to signal the start of the drop-off. There is, of course, an option to walk your child to the classroom so you can go this route if you are in a hurry and want to leave sooner.
One by one, the cars parked form a line in a very organized manner, respecting each other's spot based on where they were parked. There is a system in place which everyone is aware of. Unfortunately, some parents ignore this system and cut in line. I don't think this happens very often but every once in a while, I see it happen...mothers rushing and sneaking up from behind, wanting to believe you did not notice where they really came from (or maybe they just don't care).
It's not so much the behavior per se that troubles me but the implications of such. If these are parents we are talking about and they don't seem to care that the wrong they are doing is being done even in the presence of their children, then what can we expect from these people in terms of what they are teaching to their kids, what values and beliefs...that their time is more precious than others'?...that rules are not important?...that their needs outweigh those of other people?...or perhaps simply that 'respect' does not mean anything?
They say everything is magnified in the eyes of a child. What do you think you taught your child today through modelling? I don't really need to know. But YOU need to know you can sleep well tonight with your answer.