Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Capitola Junior Guard

Dans mon enfance, jamais je n’ai entendue parler de camps de vacance pour lesquels les parents devaient faire des pieds et des mains pour inscrire leur enfant. La même chose en est de même pour les écoles. Il me semble que de nos jours, les enfants sont souvent vus comme des enfants-rois ou les parents font d’énormes sacrifices, bien plus que nos propres parents, pour satisfaire leur rejetons.

Prenez par exemple les jours de magasinage après Noël. Ou bien certains villes qui ont des écoles bien cotés et les parents font tout (appels insistant auprès des institutions scolaires, cadeaux généreux, etc…). Qu’arrivera-t-il à la génération de mes enfants? Bien des gens me disent que le jour où ils auront des enfants, on retournera sûrement en arrière où les camps de vacances et cours parascolaire n’existaient pas.

Hier matin, j’ai bien vue les sacrifices que plusieurs parents ont fait pour inscrire leur enfant dans un camp de Junior Lifeguard. Le bureau d’inscription ouvrait à 8h30 mais déjà, à 7h45, heure ou je me suis présentée, il y avait 32 personnes en avant de moi! Le premier en ligne, un type avec une boîte de beigne, s’était pointé à 5h30 pour être sûr que son enfant ait un spot. Même en étant la 33ième en ligne, mon fils a eu une place.

La question qui me trotte en tête: si, à l’époque, ce type de programme existait dans votre enfance, est-ce que l’un de vos parents auraient fait le sacrifice de se lever si tôt pour vous assurer une place? En me souvenant des parents de mon patelin, je peux vous dire que j’ai trop de doigts sur la main pour compter les adultes qui auraient fait ce sacrifice...

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In my childhood, I never heard about summer camps for which parents had to move heaven and earth to enroll their child. The same is true for schools. It seems that nowadays, children are often seen as child-kings where parents make tremendous sacrifices, far more than our own parents, to please their offspring.

Take for example Boxing Day. Or some cities that have highly rated schools and parents will do anything to have their kids have a spot (calls educational institutions on a regular basis, generous gifts, etc ...). What will happen to the generation of my children? Many people tell me that when they will have children, surely we will return back in time where summer camps and after-school courses did not exist.

Yesterday morning, I have seen the sacrifices that many parents have to enroll their child in a camp for Junior Lifeguard. The registration desk opened at 8.30am but already, at 7:45, I appeared. There were already 32 people ahead of me! The first in line, a guy with a box of donut, had been standing there since 5:30 AM to make sure his child has a spot. Even as the 33th person in line, my son had a place.

The question I have in mind: if, at the time, such programs existed in your childhood, do one of your parents would have done the sacrifice to get up so early to ensure a place for you? Remembering the parents of my hometown, I can tell you that I have too many fingers on one single hand to count adults who have made this sacrifice ...

5 comments:

PAPS said...

I think most of these have become to competitive and over rated. As you say when I was a kid my parents did not bother at all. It kind of all fell into place. Now what I do for my kids driving them from this to that I would have never seen my parents doing it for me.
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Laura said...

Thank you so much sweetie, I hope you didn't mind:) I also follow you on GFC, which I use the most, hope you can see me in your list.
Wish you a lovely evening!

Nathalie St-Pierre Roths said...

I agree with you PAPS. No wonder women/moms of today are more exhausted overall.

la vie quotidienne said...

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Nathalie St-Pierre Roths said...

Thank you for your comment, la vie quotidienne.

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