A Conspiracy of Adults
Updated: Oct 23, 2018
Better than a flock of seagulls, a herd of elephants, or a gaggle of geese put together.
The word conspiracy comes from the compound Latin verb meaning "to breathe together." Witnessing the day to day messiness of the developing child definitely requires some deep breathing. It also requires our collective and coordinated efforts, so that the support at home and at school is relatively congruent and consistent. It's okay to share quick thoughts via email, but I recommend that more meaningful conversations be held face-to-face. In those face-to-face meetings, I advise that both school and home come ready to listen. In understanding why junior tried to flush a stapler down the toilet, our collective goal isn't to be right but rather to be understanding, offer appropriate consequences, and strive to foster continued growth that one day may resemble responsible decision-making. In the end, our hope is that our little stapler-flusher grows up to be someone that others might love— since our love is not in question.