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Preschool Paperwork Puzzler


My 3-year old is going to preschool.  Two days a week.  Two hours a day.  Our other two kids went to preschool.  Fill out a registration form, write a check.  Send ’em off.  Simple.  Right?

Nope.  I have a virtual mountain of paperwork.  So much, in fact, the packet included a handy checklist to make sure I completed everything and 3-pages of instructions to guide me in filling them out!  There’s the registration “contract”.  The Enrollment Record.  The “Getting to Know You Form”.  A Consent Form.  An Employment Form (It’s a co-op, so parents have to volunteer once a month or so).  A state health form for my son.  A state health form for me.  I even need a chest X-Ray or TB test.  A Home Orientation form.    I think I lost the DCFS brochure that I apparently had to sign to indicate I read it.  They also need a copy of a birth certificate.  That’s a new one.

Public grade school is a dream in terms of paperwork.  I don’t even think they asked for a certificate to prove my kids were born.  Funny thing is that all this paperwork is presumably killing trees in order to make sure my son has a safe and secure environment.  I have no problem with that at all.  I do find it a little funny that not even one line on one of the forms asked how he would be transported to or from the preschool.  Not even on the form asking for consent to allow my child to be transported on field trips…

Driving: Right or Privilege?


People get funny when they get into a car or even think about cars.  Common sense?  Mild manners?  Out the door.  In the USA at least, the moment they touch the wheel, people get irrational and some drivers even get a sense of entitlement, superiority and immortality.  Some even seem to think their anti-social car behavior is protected by a constitutional right.  Last I checked, it wasn’t even loosely guarded by a state law.

The next best thing since sliced bread (or top tethers)?


What’s the next step in child restraints?  It’s been a while since we’ve seen true innovations.  Even then, some advancements like LATCH were mandated by the government.  Unfortunately, in the USA, we got a watered down version of the original rigid ISOFIX.  Maybe the next big thing will be mandated by the parents and caregivers who want the safest for their kids!

What would YOU do?


You have a 4 year old who weighs 50 pounds.  Maybe they are a bit too squirmy to sit correctly in a booster.  Maybe you’d rather keep them in a 5-point harness, because your model has side impact protection and an extended weight limit of 50, 65 or even 80 pounds.  The problem is that your auto manufacturer tells you that you can’t use LATCH beyond 40 pounds!