It is a wonder people ever make the decision to have a child when you stop and consider the amount of planning, concern and worry that goes into being a parent. Let’s take for instance the present since schools around the country are now, more or less, in full swing this week. Who would guess that the first full week of school would bring with it temperatures nearing 100 degrees Fahrenheit – without taking into consideration the heat index?
Today temperatures could near 98 degrees Fahrenheit and already schools around Chicagoland are having to end the day early or call off altogether, depending on whether or not air-conditioning has been afforded to that district or not. Teachers and students can already count on a make-up day in June. That is a bummer, but this situation also has a negative connotation on the parents. Who is the world was planning on this so early in the school year? Now parents have to scramble to find sitters or make arrangements with their day-care organizations if they have jobs and cannot be there to watch their small children when they are home.
Another topic of concern that is all over the news channels is whether or not Chicago School children are safe – even with the new supposed Safe Passage Routes that have been established. This seems to have been such a keen idea that without the Guardian Angels walking the kids along the path, it would be a wonder if anyone living in those areas of the city would send their child to school. There have been nothing but negative reports about people being shot and killed along these routes and even in front of and in back of schools. The justification seems to be that the Safe Passages are only guaranteed safe during the hours that schools are in session. And parents should accept this? What are those individual in charge thinking?
The third topic of concern for parents is the child predators. For some reason, the beginning of school in the fall is like comparing candy in a candy dish to these individuals. It seems as though parents are always getting phone calls from the local school districts – no matter what part of Chicagoland that they reside in – warning them about predators in the neighborhood trying to pick up a child on their way to or from school. Yikes!
Parenting is never easy but with just these three concerns alone, it is downright tough. Good parents will do anything to alleviate danger for their children. They just have to work really hard these days to do so.