Well that's true in your case for sure. I guess I don't mean to pester the parent so much.... Your parents were doing you a service in that they put the responsibility on you. That's what I want for my kids too. I taught the last 7 years in a place that the parents had the ability to be apart of school, but refused. Not because they thought it was the job of the kid, but because they were either working several jobs or maybe in jail or maybe just didn't feel like it. It certainly wasn't to teach their child responsibility. Most (not all, but most) of the kids that come without things signed (like a behavior notice, for example) just simply didn't ask mom or they say mom was too busy, wouldn't, etc... when they didn't even ask in the first place. If I talk to a parent and they express their desire to put the job on the kid, then I would certainly honor that!
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