Has Your School Woken T.F. Up?

Doug French2020 Dad 2.0 Summit, Fatherhood on Friday

A couple weeks ago, we learned about a thing that we thought wasn’t a thing anymore. Based on the hundreds of responses, though, its thingness perseveres.

When Dad 2.019 Speaker KJ Dell’Antonia, an author and podcaster and all-around stellar person, posted the above image to her Instagram feed, the response was swift and voluble: This happens a lot, and Enough Already.

If you live in a household with two hetero parents and the mom is the first point of contact, having a default setting to Call The Mom First when there’s a problem works out fine. But when you don’t, the policy smacks of Leave-It-To-Beaveritis. And it’s annoying as hell, especially among non-communicative exes with complex custody schedules. 

We know teachers work hard, and it’s not like those sophisticated communication trees grow on trees. We also know sensibilities are changing, but we parents have the power to change more quickly than our institutions, and it’s our job to work with the cards we’ve been dealt.

So we’ll keep going as relentless, visible, courteous, squeaky wheels. We’ll attend PTA meetings and back-to-school nights. We’ll bring our kids to doctor’s appointments. And we’ll set up our own alias emails that forward to everyone who needs to see them. And we’ll keep calling out the schools that can’t seem to transcend old gender norms, even though we’re getting awfully tired of doing it. 


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