A kindergarten worker took to TikTok to vent about the three things she sees parents do every day, but wouldn’t do with their own children.
Kristen, a mom and teacher, took to the platform to share her thoughts and her video has now amassed over 42.1k likes and over 1,000 comments.
She talks about clothing choices and the one snack she can’t stomach, plus why you should never just “take your child’s word for it” for everything.
Let’s get into it.
“My son is on the Velcro team until he can tie his shoes”
First, shoes. She explained, “[I will not send] my son with shoes with laces if they can’t tie them themselves.
“There’s nothing worse than bending over to tie a kid’s shoe and the laces are wet…and guess where they’ve been: the bathroom.”
He then shrugs before saying, “Sorry about my son, but he’s Team Velcro until he can tie his shoes, period.”
“The person who made this up deserves jail time”
Throwing in her second point, Kristen winces as she points to the fruit salad in fruit juice.
Apparently these fruit cups cause too much hassle for the staff.
“My son will never go to school with this particular snack,” she says.
“Teachers of all [the country] know that these are not only so hard to open, but they spill juice everywhere.
“On you, the desk, your hand – it’s impossible to open this lid without spilling juice everywhere.”
His parting comment on his most hated snack was: “Whoever invented this tapa deserves to go to jail.
“My son is getting pre-cut apple slices.”
“A boy told his mom that I took them on an unauthorized excursion”
And on a slightly more serious note, Kristen cautions parents to think wisely before believing everything their child says after a day at school.
“The third thing I would never do is always believe my child’s version of things that happened at school, especially if they seem out of character to the teacher, the school, the administrator, etc.,” she advises.
He then recounts an incident in which a boy told his mother that he had taken the entire class on an “unauthorized field trip to the park” in his personal car.
Initially, the father was “enraged” but later apologized after Kristen explained that they had just gone to a different playground on school grounds.
“I’m just saying I don’t tie my shoes”
Parents took to the comments to share their thoughts on the list.
Regarding the point about shoes, other child care workers and teachers expressed their shared annoyance.
“I directly say, ‘Oh, I don’t tie my shoes, I make them [do it]”shared one woman.
Another wrote: “Slip-on shoes that are so difficult to put on children’s feet that it takes a teacher and possibly other students several minutes to put them on…”
Then this mom commented, “I just bought my son Velcro for this!”
Regarding the fruit cups, all the teachers agreed that they were the bathroom of their existence and suggested tips to open them more easily.
“That cup of fruit, I peel it again over the sink and pour out half the juice,” said one.
Another wrote: “Have them drink the juice through a straw before opening it.”
And finally, the consensus on Kristen’s final point was that kids tend to easily exaggerate or distort stories.
“My daughter said someone hit her, so I went to talk to the teacher…it turns out my daughter was the one who hit someone,” one mother admitted.