The other day we were out and I saw a primary school age child with those ‘hair tattoos’. You know the sort of thing where they have a pattern shaved into their hair. It was still sharp and clear as if recently done, but he was likely to be going back to school soon. Now it might be that his school don’t mind that sort of thing or that he isn’t at school for some reason, but most schools don’t like them.
Every year in September we hear stories of parents up in arms because their child has the wrong hair do (or the wrong shoes or whatever) and there is some sort of school sanction about the problem hairstyle/clothes/shoes. I never understand why. Surely if you are doing something out of the ordinary, you check the rules first and don’t complain later. Usually the rules are pretty clear and if there is any doubt, you can give the school a ring before school breaks up. Or do something at the start of the holidays so that it has the chance to grow out, wash out before back to school. It seems pretty simple to me. Am I missing something?
Some of the rules are silly and others you might simply disagree with, but the rules are what they are. Either campaign to change them if you feel strongly about them or put up with them. Don’t encourage your child to break the rules or give in to pressure to buy unsuitable clothes, just stick to the guidelines and save yourselves the hassle of being picked up on it. It also sets a decent example to your children for the future. Obviously some parents will ignore the rules anyway and they are probably the same bunch who park illegally outside the school.