As most of you already know, I am a mother of three wonderful children. My eldest is out on her own, living independently, and enjoying her chosen career as a flight attendant. My two youngest are at home and besides school, both Little Mr. and Little Miss I Heart Grade 3 are busy with school and their chosen sports that they participate in. Leave it to them to love hockey and figure skating respectively … both winter sports that require A LOT of time spent in cold arenas.
Here are my two little cuties in their “gear”!!
Spending time in various arenas, I have noticed a particular trend that really speaks to my heart as a hockey parent. Perhaps you have seen something like this in an arena near you…
I saw this one last summer posted in the arena where my son was attending the Ottawa Senator’s Hockey Camp for Kids.
Having been to many hockey games and skating competitions for my children, I have seen parents behaving badly in the stands. The bad behaviour ranges from adults yelling at adolescent referees for calls made or not made, screaming at children for letting in a goal, parents getting into shouting matches and fist fights over plays made on the ice, adults speaking badly about young competitors and their parents, etc. The list goes on and on and unfortunately it has made signs like the one up above necessary in arenas around the country.
That got me to thinking and flipping the narrative. I have seen teachers, students, and parents behaving badly. Goodness knows I have made my fair share of mistakes and wishy-washy judgement calls throughout my 15 years on the job. So, what would a sign like this look like if it was posted in schools across the country? Then I thought, why not post 3? One for teachers, one for students, and one for parents. After all, these three groups work together on a continual basis – and when a situation gets out of hand… well, it can turn into something ugly and hurtful.
Here’s what I came up with…
I love these posters because they put each role and the circumstances that go along with them into perspective. And sometimes a little dose of perspective is all we need to get our emotions under control and our thoughts moving in the right direction.
If you could use these posters in your school or classroom, please download them for FREE from my TpT store. Just click on the link HERE to get your copy!
Have a great day!