Welcome to Leave the Kids Alone, your one-stop reverse-mommyblog shop.

Why Leave the Kids Alone?

Besides the obvious? Leave the Kids Alone because hey, teacher? You need to do exactly that.

 

No but really…why?

In a world of social media, social stigma, vegan/paleo/free-range diets, television, Internet, mommy-and-me classes, all-day kindergarten, baby yoga, baby chiropractors, to breastfeed or not to breastfeed (that is the question!), play to learn, helicopter parenting, too far right, too far left, got to get into the right preschool/elementary school/high school/university/graduate school…where the HELL are the kids of today meant to just…be kids?

Enter LTKA. Your bullshit-free, no-holds-barred, tell-it-as-it-is website all about the real world of childcare (or Childcare, with a capital “C” if you prefer), how it’s affecting our kids, our culture, and our future. Most importantly? LTKA is how to do better by those kids, to let them live the lives that they’ve been living just fine for centuries without all of the hovering, worrying, and fear-mongering.

Feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by every expectation of perfection when it comes to kids (whether they’re yours or not)? Don’t sweat it. You’ve landed on the website that unpacks all of those standards, and gives you easily implementable plans and tools to use in your homes and classrooms to not be That Parent that we teachers are 100% talking about after you leave.

Where We’re Coming From

Listen, I get it. Parenting is hard. There are entire industries, talk shows, magazines, blogs, you-fuckin-name-it, dedicated to how hard it is to look after these people that you were 100% a participant in the creation/adoption of. And do you know what’s arguably even harder than parenting?

Parenting kids that aren’t even yours.

All those disgusting things that become endearing just because they’re your bundle of joy? Snotty noses because kids just can’t learn how to sniff it up like humans. Coughing all over the meal you’re making for the entire family so now everyone gets the nasty spit-germs you totally saw fly into the macaroni but you’re going to pretend you didn’t. Diapers that don’t do the ONE JOB THEY’VE GOT and now your floor looks like the chocolate river in Willy Wonka flooded over. Not to mention all the character traits that suddenly crop up too — question after question after question after question after question after question.

Those are NOT CUTE when the kid isn’t yours. They just aren’t. There’s absolutely no way to spin those things as cute, or endearing, or in any way desirable in a human that you’re suddenly spending 8 hours a day, five days a week with (at LEAST).

This is how LTKA was born. It was born because I (M, hey) am a current preschool teacher, former toddler, infant, kindergarten, and first grade teacher that is just as tired as you parents are. And I’m tired of people acting like I shouldn’t be.

Where We’re Going

So where do we go from here?

We get shit done, that’s where we go.

First of all, let’s get some ground rules out of the way.

  1. This is not a place to be coddled. You have a whole internet to be coddled. This is where you, duckies, get confronted with some hard truths in a world that has become catered to your whims.
  2. This is a place to learn. Rather than getting your feathers all ruffled with indignation, take a few moments to consider that maybe, just maybe, you’re feeling defensive because you know that what you’re seeing is the truth. Embrace this feeling! Be uncomfortable. Be uncertain. Then, when you’re ready, dive into the unknown with the rest of us.
  3. This is a place where there will sometimes be foul language. Consider yourself warned.
  4. Still with me? Good, because I don’t have a #4.