We have all heard the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”; the saying is actually influenced by various proverbs found throughout the continent of Africa, and in an ideal world is really true.
When parents at school get to know each other, interact with each other’s kids, and perhaps even become friends, it fosters an atmosphere conducive to education. However, this is not an ideal world, this is a world often filled with mistrust, suspicion, and that is highly litigious. As a result, simple problems that should be solved by a conversation between two people become blown up, with some people trying to place blame, find a scapegoat, and just generally behaving badly.
Parents please talk with the each other first and work out those simple problems with each other. It can be done as long as you all have the best interests of your kids in mind. The minute this escalates to administration, all our kids suffer because of the CYA (figure it out) syndrome.
It takes a village not just to raise kids, but also to have a peaceful functioning society. Talk with each other.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III