How Hard Is This?
My son Mayo’s daycare provider regularly texts parents, sometimes individually and sometimes collectively. She may send photos of their children, share an anecdote, or update folks on delays or closings due to snow.
Wait… wait… did I say parents? I misspoke. She texts the moms all those things. And despite me having asked politely on two separate occasions, I have only received a small handful of the texts. I remain left off the whole-group distribution list and do not get most of the individual parent updates. This is frustrating for a number of reasons, chiefly:
1.) I’m actually, ya know, interested in my son’s life and would like to know what he’s doing all day.
2.) I do most of the pick ups and drop offs. As such, information related to openings and closings is kind of important for me to have and having to rely on Zazzy to forward all the texts seems unnecessary.
3.) It’s at least a little insulting that her mindset with regards to parenting and gender roles seems so antiquated.
4.) I have essentially the same job as her! So I know exactly how much — or, really, how little — effort it takes to make such a shift… both in terms of the logistics of updating a distribution list AND in altering one’s framework.
Two questions for the hive-mind…
1.) How do I address this without getting all ranty/preachy?
2.) Have you ever had to interact with someone who did essentially the same job as you and who acted as if a part of it nigh impossible yet you knew the opposite to be true? If so, how did you handle it?