It’s their first day at secondary school and you are into a whole new set of rules and etiquette on parental behaviour. I just dropped my youngest off today and fortunately had the experience of his elder brother to guide me through, so I am happy to share this vast wisdom with you now. I acknowledge that I am the mother of two sons and that it may be a little different with daughters, but here goes:
- Do not get out of the car: to say goodbye or to wish him or his friends luck
- Do not attempt to make any physical contact as your child leaves the car – no kisses, hugs, or restrained pats on the back or arm
- Do not call out the car window before you leave or draw attention to yourself in any way in front of his peers.
- Do not cry!!!
- If you must cry, at least wait until you leave the school grounds, and on a point of safety, do pull over if you are in floods of tears as this will seriously impair your vision and may cause you to be a danger to other drivers.