Stinky kids: Did your teacher request air freshener?

One of my kids’ teachers had air freshener products on her class wish list. I thought that was such a funny thing to ask for but we all know sweaty kids do smell.

I do have a concern about some kids being allergic to certain scents. Last Christmas, I bought Christmas tree scent air fresheners, and I had a massive allergic reaction to it when I plugged it in. (I’m allergic to trees so I guess they actually had some tree oil in it.)

Did your teacher request air fresheners for the classroom? Would you mind if your child’s teacher used it? Teachers, do you find it necessary to use air fresheners in the classroom? Are allergies ever a problem?

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Class of 1990

August 15th, 2012
6:40 am

Folks, you’ve hit the end of the internet with this blog today.

MamaS

August 15th, 2012
7:06 am

Teacher requested air fresheners (Febreze) and Clorox wipes for desk and paper towels and hand sanitizer. The 3rd grade students empty trashcans and sweep the classroom daily. I guess parent donations and student free labor are taking the place of the school janitor. This is a private school so there is no union to oppose cost-cutting measures.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
7:22 am

SMELL YA LATER

I was teaching my civics class some good stuff about the Great Wall of China and I heard Miss Velvet across the hall scream at somebody in her class … If you have to fart like that … leave the rooooom!

I started laughing. While I was laughing I was looking at my students to see if they heard her, but they didn’t. I guess they really were interested in how long it took to build the Great Wall of China. Which was a pretty long dang time.

Then Miss Velvet yelled … Simeon, I’m almost done with you to-day!

I looked at my watch. It was only 8:58.

http://www.adixiediary.com

Jeff

August 15th, 2012
7:49 am

I don’t really have any comment on this, TWG, but I suspect you may need a little help with getting your “hit” numbers on this topic. Hopefully, your boss will only count quantity and not quality.

david c

August 15th, 2012
7:51 am

Oh, you mommies.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
8:16 am

When I was pregnant with my son and teaching 2nd grade, my students went outside for PE. We live in South Texas. When they came back in, their hot and sweaty bodies often made me nauseous. This is why my two ALWAYS had a bath every day. When you put twenty plus bodies into one room and they have even little body smells, it is stinky. I look at things very differently since I was a teacher first and a Mom second. I also let them clean their desks with shaving cream. A little squirt was fun to smear on the desks and freshened everything up before we left for the weekend.

A Mama S…some children have no idea about cleaning up after themselves…so teachers may want to share this important life skill. Add it to all the other things they already have to do.

HM

August 15th, 2012
8:22 am

Gentlemen,

This is a MOM blog and back to school lists are Mom issues. There’s no need for snide comments.

K's Mom

August 15th, 2012
8:31 am

Almost all air fresheners make me nauseous and lead to migraines. I can only tolerate Lysol. Febreeze will put me out of commission for days. Perfumes and colognes are the same way. I get that sweaty kds smell, but I hope there are no kids with allergies like mine or other teachers who suffer from similar allergies.

jarvis

August 15th, 2012
8:35 am

No air freshner, but our “Foundation” did ask for $100 per kid.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
8:36 am

THE TEACHERS IN THE HALL

While I was busy teaching fifteen really good vocabulary words … allure, antiquity, appraise, cleave, depreciate, facet, facsimile, impervious, nondescript, quandary, repose, scintillate, scrutinize, synthetic, and transmute … Miss Kentucky knocked on my door and motioned for me to come out into the hall.

When another teacher knocks on the door and motions for you to come out into the hall, right in the middle of class, and if she’s got a weird grin on her face, you know it’s going to be good.

Miss Kentucky was teaching Spanish to a bunch of high school guys in the next classroom. She asked me to step in there and take a good whiff.

I stepped in there and took a good whiff. In just one good whiff I smelled butts, armpits, greasy hair, and school uniforms that had not been recently washed. A cornucopia, in other words. I came back out, and without saying a word, held my hands over my mouth and nose to indicate that I felt her pain.

Miss Kentucky said in her Kentucky accent … That’s so wrong on so many lev-ulls. Then Miss Kentucky asked me to go in there and deliver a quick and forceful hygiene lecture from a real man’s perspective. She said they don’t listen to her at all.

When another teacher asks you to deliver a quick and forceful lecture to their class it makes you feel like a guest speaker being paid a large speaking fee and you’re filled with enormous professional pride. I stepped in there. One of the farters, Irving, moaned real loud … Oh, God.

I noted to the fellows how badly the room smelled, and how it was tough for the awesome magic of education to take place when you subtlety try to kill your Spanish teacher with your body odors.

None of them disagreed. They actually seemed proud that I noticed their strategy. They were maybe even a little smug. At least they got Miss Kentucky to leave the room. I’ll have to give them that. I asked them do they frequently, like every day, scrub with soap and warm water … their exhaust systems?

Most of them said they did.

I asked them were they not embarrassed with their gleeful farting?

Nope. One of them said he thought Miss Kentucky likes it because she laughs so hard when we do it.

In the hallway, I heard Miss Kentucky giggle.

I asked them did they know that after several days … that if you don’t shampoo your hair for several days … that it starts to stink? Your greasy hair?

To a man they said they did not know that.

I asked them to shampoo their hair tonight.

To a man they said they probably wouldn’t.

I gave them a long, hard, man-to-man, hygienic look. I said … Listen up! Wash your asses and your hair and stop farting in class so much. And then I walked out while they applauded.

Miss Kentucky taught the last minutes of class from out in the hall. She wouldn’t go back in there.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
9:01 am

Just home from MSP…where the weather was amazing!

@ voice of reason…thought of your comment with online books yesterday:
“Colleges and private schools pretty much already do this.”
When I read, in the USA today, that 9% use online books.

I was confused at this comment last week and asked both of mine, since they are still buying books.

To me, 9%, is not most. According to the article, online books are not much less than the actual book and when students need to print out pages, it ends up being more. Interesting for sure!

I was also thinking about this, when I read yesterday’s topic. Willow may be miles ahead of her peers and has acquired some important skills most HS graduates do not have:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-08-13/thrify-ben-franklin-frugal/57039184/1
Wish I knew this when I was in HS!

oneofeach4me

August 15th, 2012
9:13 am

Last year my daughter’s 5th grade teacher did request air fresheners, but not for the reason you mentioned. She specifically asked for the Lavender/Vanilla scented ones as studies have shown it is suppose to help you relax and concentrate better. She actually requested a refill of them right at CRCT time. My kids are also sensitive to smell, however, the lavender/vanilla scent is pretty light and about the only one they can tolerate.

Father Christmas

August 15th, 2012
9:22 am

Just spray them with Febreze on their way in every morning.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
9:24 am

I love to be near kids who smell like fabric softener and shampoo or conditioner. Then, there are the kids who smell like urine or cigarettes. Sad but true. Perhaps catlady will have time to comment on this.

Techmom

August 15th, 2012
9:29 am

MJG – great story about Willow; love the tie-in to her virtual school

How about other odd requests that teachers make? On the elementary “wish list” at my son’s school, they list a bag of candy. I’m sure lots of teachers use small pieces of candy as rewards and that’s why it was on there. One of the parents, a dentist, got super upset at the request and asked the school to remove it from the wish lists.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
9:42 am

Everywhere I’ve ever taught the students finally figured out that I would toss them a piece of candy when they said something nice about my hair. When you fling rubber chickens at kids while you sport a nice hairdo … well … that’s like something out of David Lynch movie. Candy has a grampaw feel to it.

The cash register ladies at the Publix near where I live, as they’d tally up big bags of candy every other week or so, finally asked me what I did for a living. I told them, proudly. One of them asked me what makes me give out the candy. I said when they say something nice about my hair … I throw a piece of candy at them. The cash register lady looked at my hair. She said you sure must have a lot of patience

Techmom

August 15th, 2012
9:58 am

I love Publix cashiers!

mystery poster

August 15th, 2012
10:05 am

Noses smell, sweaty kid stink.

mystery poster

August 15th, 2012
10:06 am

@mamaS
You DO know that we have no teachers’ union in Georgia, right?

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
10:15 am

@mystery…should we then say either:

You smell bad …

You stink bad…

I typically use the former but maybe others can help us out here.

Also, is everyone on this blog from GA? I never thought that. I also keep in touch with some, who use to live in Ga, but have moved away.

The Coz

August 15th, 2012
10:20 am

I think somebody is phoning it in again.

Denise

August 15th, 2012
10:22 am

I’m like K’s mom. Smells wipe me out. I can’t do most perfumes on other women without getting nauseous or worse, a migraine that puts me under. I can hardly stand the smell of spray that we use to clean our desks at work. Spray air fresheners can be too strong and I can get a headache. Plug-ins are usually okay. Clorox wipes are okay. I am not a teacher but I would feel bad asking a parent to meet my specific needs based on MY medical issues, unless I would buy all the plug-ins and only ask for refills of a certain scent. But then, isn’t THAT being picky?

My ex-SIL is one of those parents that don’t make the kids bathe everyday (even though they play and stink) and don’t wash their clothes and make them wear dirty uniforms and they smell like little goats running around. When they get to my brother’s house, they have to jump in the tub immediately. They are FUNKY. So I understand the need for air fresheners. I would just not know how to go about asking for it knowing I had particular medical issues that would be worsened by using certain kinds.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
10:32 am

ooops…used to live in Ga…sorry!

Voice of Reason

August 15th, 2012
10:35 am

@motherjanegoose

First, I made that comment on August 10th about the lockers and books topic, today is August 15th, you are five days late.

Second, reading that post reminded me of what it’s like when I’m having a conversation with my 5 year old who switches topics randomly like most of us change the channel on a TV. Congrats, I’ve gone cross-eyed.

To your point, I said that because I have personally spoken to many IT directors at Atlanta area private schools. They say that they have either already implemented, or in the process of fully implementing a complete conversion from textbooks to digital.

The initiative is called School 2.0.

This will allow such things as being able to download homework to handheld devices and cutting costs to students by replacing heavy textbooks with technology that most of the kids today already carry. The though being that by implementing this technology now it will help these kids to have the essential tech skills when they enter the workforce.

I can’t speak for the article you mentioned but I work in the IT industry as a consultant so I know firsthand about what these school’s are doing or have already done.

FCM

August 15th, 2012
10:42 am

TWG if I am getting busted at work for typing on a blog it is not for somthing this inane.

Kids do stink. From 4th grade up the kids are required to have deodorant in their back packs. I do think if the teacher is concerned about her room smell, she should buy it….but if you parents did that is on you.

HB

August 15th, 2012
10:44 am

Voice, just curious. How do the prices of hard copies of college text books compare with e-versions? I know often e-books and e-magazines are not that much cheaper than paper versions. Are e-versions of textbooks a lot less expensive? How do they compare with buying used books?

jarvis

August 15th, 2012
10:49 am

I’m a strong believer that no public servants should have labor unions unless the union is going to put the collective bargaining process on a public ballot.

JOD

August 15th, 2012
10:54 am

@Class of 1990 – Hahahahaha! So funny! Almost spit out my drink. I thought the same thing on the snooty toddler post, but didn’t post it.

@FCM – LOL :o) I didn’t know kids are required to bring deodorant now at a certain age! When did that happen?

Denise

August 15th, 2012
11:07 am

LOL! Deodorant is required? That is funny. But putting deodorant over funk is not that helpful. They need to wash up and then put on deodorant.

But on topic – I do agree that the teacher should buy her own air freshener just because, like I said, I know some people, like me, have too many restrictions to impose on other people.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
11:19 am

@HB…according to the article I read yesterday:

Typically, students don’t save much when opting to buy an e-textbook. For example, an organic chemistry e-textbook costs about $100, while the print version of the same book costs just $15 more.

@Voice…I am late because I read it in the USA Today YESTERDAY. It was not in the paper last week. I was very curious about your comment, since I have two in college and neither has confirmed that most textbooks are now online. I am all about learning new stuff and thus, when I read that article yesterday…it reminded me of your comment.

I always share on several topics, dart around too! Some folks can keep up with me and some go cross eyed.. I can even file topics in my brain and recall them when I read something, of interest, that relates to a previous blog topic. Some posters here have met me for a 2 hour lunch, where we dash all over the map on topics and then asked for an encore…imagine it. Some have moved out of state and asked me to let them know when I am coming…haha!

I am NOT an IT person. I am CERTAIN you know oodles more about e-books than me! I just read something in the paper that made me think about what you mentioned. I will acknowledge that not everything posted in the paper is 100% true. You can read the article for yourself and share with everyone how I am dead wrong:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/usatoday/article/57039872

I am speaking about colleges and not private schools, where I have no personal experience.

As some here have mentioned previously, this blog can be like a neighborly chat over the fence…staying true to the topic is not mandatory. If it is TWG will let us know.

Here is something I also thought about yesterday, as I boarded my 12th plane in 10 weeks:
the poster here who said I probably need to fly more to see the TSA harassment ( I do not typically see) in the airports. That was at least a month ago.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
11:20 am

Here’s an educator’s rule of thumb: no one cuts the cheese this loudly unless it’s an accident, so now the classroom of amped-up, amped-out 8th graders on a Friday looks more like ten blind-drunk monkeys in a boxing match without a bell or a referee.

I’ve about had it by now so I trot to my desk in the back of the room and grab out of the bottom file draw my can of Air Wick “Fresh Waters Aquamarina.” I trot back up to the front of the classroom while they’re still going goo-gaw and press the button and start moving that can right to left and left to right at their heads … and let me tell you, the white spray from this brand new, super charged-up can of room deodorant comes flying out ten feet and makes a hissing noise like a NASA space shuttle on takeoff.

Two kids jump out of their seats and onto the carpet face first as if a SWAT team just busted through the ceiling on ropes. Everybody is having a conniption fit. Debbie’s into cardiac arrest by this point—she’s bugging her eyes out and squeezing her neck with both hands and baring her teeth—and I swear to God if Lurlene had walked by just then and looked through the door she’d have to be carried out of the building on a stretcher. On oxygen.

This is my honors class.

http://www.adixiediary.com

Voice of Reason

August 15th, 2012
11:21 am

@HB

That depends on how much the school itself wants to make on the books. Markup can depend, however, honestly, the thing that is driving this is actually the textbook publishers because they lose money when colleges and universities offer to take back used books and re-sell them. When schools re-sell used books at a reduced rate rather than selling them new, the publisher makes zero money.

Kat

August 15th, 2012
11:39 am

@Dixie Diarist: Your stories are making me laugh so hard this morning – thanks!

For some reason, boys/men seem to think sweaty is bad, but when the sweat “dries up,” then they no longer stink. Ugh, not true! Our kids’ teachers usually tell the parents at the first back-to-school meeting that we may wish to ensure that our children have the proper hygiene products available. Also, they ask for room freshener but not the type that you spray, the type that live in the outlets or something. It would probably work better to spray the offending party/parties, but there you have it.

Teachers’ wish lists could just include scents that are hypo-allergenic or whatever keeps it from messing things up.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
11:46 am

Thank you, Kat! Obviously I have extensive experience in these areas and exercise the classroom demons by writing about it … exactly what happened … when I get home! Enjoy the next one ..

A BIT TOOTISH, ARE WE?

Miss Velvet marched into my classroom today out of breath and asked if I had any room spray because she’s really had it with them farting all the time in her class.

I thought for a moment … What advice do you give a fellow teacher whose students know they can constantly get away, every day, with farting the moment they walk into her class? Obtain a flame thrower? A Taser?

I think they’ve won, and when they’ve won around here there’s not much you can do to come back. I told Miss Velvet I didn’t have any room spray … I reached into my teacher’s drawer of snacks and headache pills and chewing gum … and pulled out my can of Old Spice “After Hours” body spray.

Miss Velvet said … So yours fart, too?

Nope, I said. I don’t allow farting in my classes. I just like the way this stuff makes the air smells. Super sexy.

Miss Velvet gave me a certain look.

I tossed her the can.

She huffed out.

I guess I just gave her the advice she needed.

http://www.adixiediary.com

gtmom

August 15th, 2012
11:50 am

@Dixie Diarist – Thanks for the laughs! So well written too! Let me know when your book is out.

These stories of yours remind me of a time when I embarrassed myself in Senior English Class.. But man, I will never tell that tale to anyone!

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
11:50 am

@Kat…some conferences are now going FRAGRANCE FREE. I absolutely respect those with allergies but sometimes a bit of fragrance can help a situation where 100 people are crammed into a room for 6 hours. I know it can get stuffy. Who knows?

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
12:11 pm

Thank you, Kat and gtmom! Obviously, I have extensive experiences with these quaint teaching moments, and exercise the demons by writing about these true experiences when I get home! Hold your nose and enjoy the next installment … of many …

A BIT TOOTISH, ARE WE?

Miss Velvet marched into my classroom today out of breath and asked if I had any room spray because she’s really had it with them farting all the time in her class.

I thought for a moment … What advice do you give a fellow teacher whose students know they can constantly get away, every day, with farting the moment they walk into her class? Obtain a flame thrower? A Taser?

I think they’ve won, and when they’ve won around here there’s not much you can do to come back. I told Miss Velvet I didn’t have any room spray … I reached into my teacher’s drawer of snacks and headache pills and chewing gum … and pulled out my can of Old Spice “After Hours” body spray.

Miss Velvet said … So yours fart, too?

Nope, I said. I don’t allow farting in my classes. I just like the way this stuff makes the air smells. Super sexy.

Miss Velvet gave me a certain look.

I tossed her the can.

She huffed out.

I guess I just gave my colleague the advice she needed.

http://www.adixiediary.com

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 15th, 2012
12:11 pm

Dear Dixie — You made me laugh!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 15th, 2012
12:12 pm

It was a quick topic but a serious one! I am working on topics for the rest of the week today. email me on Momania Faceook if you have a topic you’d like to see — or you can leave here but then people start discussing it!!! I am totally open!!!

missnadine

August 15th, 2012
12:13 pm

the world is coming to an end if this is the most important topic for you to choose.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
12:14 pm

Thank you, Kat and gtmom! Obviously, I have extensive experiences with these quaint teaching moments … and exercise the demons by writing about these true experiences when I get home. Hold your nose and enjoy the next installment … of many …

A BIT TOOTISH, ARE WE?
Miss Velvet marched into my classroom today out of breath and asked if I had any room spray because she’s really had it with them farting all the time in her class.

I thought for a moment … What advice do you give a fellow teacher whose students know they can constantly get away, every day, with farting the moment they walk into her class? Obtain a flame thrower? A Taser?

I think they’ve won, and when they’ve won around here there’s not much you can do to come back. I told Miss Velvet I didn’t have any room spray … I reached into my teacher’s drawer of snacks and headache pills and chewing gum … and pulled out my can of Old Spice “After Hours” body spray.

Miss Velvet said … So yours fart, too?

Nope, I said. I don’t allow farting in my classes. I just like the way this stuff makes the air smells. Super sexy.

Miss Velvet gave me a certain look.

I tossed her the can.

She huffed out.

I guess I just gave her the advice she needed.

http://www.adixiediary.com

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
12:17 pm

Many thanks, all. Theresa, I just sent yet another installment in this riveting subject … but it’s not taking. Maybe it’s so smelly the computer is dizzy, too. Anyhow, if you could check the hopper … if you dare! Many thanks.

Bernie

August 15th, 2012
12:18 pm

There are Teachers willingly to provide a Bar of Soap and a hand towel to allow those students, who are faced with such a concern to quietly and privately step away and give the problem the attention it deserves. Typically, the students are happier and grateful for this option.

jarvis

August 15th, 2012
12:29 pm

Topic: Living with my mother-in-law while new house is being built. Any suggestions on how to keep the romance living in my wife’s childhood bedroom just down the hall form my MIL?

ebeder@babc.com

August 15th, 2012
12:29 pm

Something else to worry about.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
12:30 pm

@Bernie…some teachers have toothbrushes and toothpaste for their children too. While I applaud their concern, when did this become the teacher’s job? I am faced with Devil breath lots of times and wonder why parents don’t make their children brush their teeth. DUH…I have the answer…their kids don’t want to or the parents are too busy to make time for it. I always tell the kids they need to brush their teeth ( at least) before and after school. It is kind of like peeling and orange and having sticky hands all day long. You should wash your hands! When you eat, you have sticky teeth and they need to be cleaned too!

TWG…sending you a topic I was thinking of yesterday …not sure if you want to use it. I will be facing it soon.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

August 15th, 2012
1:04 pm

Dixie – i will look for comments.

MJG – are you sending to gmail acount?? I will have to dig i tup — It got knocked off my phone so now i have to reload it!! ugg!!

Augusta

August 15th, 2012
1:17 pm

Jarvis – get a hotel room…LOL

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
1:18 pm

Just sent it…if you e-mail me and let me know, I will send it wherever you wish. You may need to clean it up, as I am not a journalist for sure!

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
1:22 pm

@jarvis…I strictly adhere to the old saying…after 3 days…fish and company both stink. We stay in a hotel 99% of the time. We do NOT stay with relatives. I cannot remember when is the last time I spent the night in someone else’s house. Oh yes, I do…I spent a night with my daughter in her apt. in Athens. It was right before Christmas and she told me that the apartment complex was EMPTY and a little spooky. I thought it was ridiculous until I got there and saw less than 10 cars in the complex. She volunteered to stay and work as everyone else went home for the break. I took our dog with me and it was fun!

FCM

August 15th, 2012
1:29 pm

Well my older child told me that the PE teacher sits the 4th grade down and gives them a “talk” about what room full of fresh from the gym 4th graders smells like….And deodorant plus sports shoes are the only requirements for gym in 4th & 5th grade. In their cases putting the deodorant on after gym is probably ok (no showers in ES anyway).

6th & 7th (thus far) you get the talk about the need to clean your pits after gym. Not sure they make them do that though. Oldest has gym 2nd period. I make her shower before bed, put deodorant on before I leave for work. She has body spray and deodorant in her bookbag. I said if you ever hope to get a date PLEASE at least put that on after gym it is better than nothing!

FCM

August 15th, 2012
1:30 pm

and no I am not advocating her getting a date in 7th grade….but let’s face it nobody is going to let her live it down from now until graduation if she stinks. I was telling her to plan for the future.

I think it might have gotten through, not sure. I do know she ran up got her sister a “spare” deodorant and said to make sure to put it on after gym today (4th grader).

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
1:34 pm

Thank you, Kat and gtmom and Theresa! Obviously, I have extensive experiences with these quaint teaching moments … and exercise the demons by writing about these true experiences when I get home. Hold your nose and enjoy the next installment … of many …

A BIT TOOTISH, ARE WE?
Miss Velvet marched into my classroom today out of breath and asked if I had any room spray because she’s really had it with them farting all the time in her class.

I thought for a moment … What advice do you give a fellow teacher whose students know they can constantly get away, every day, with farting the moment they walk into her class? Obtain a flame thrower? A Taser?

I think they’ve won, and when they’ve won around here there’s not much you can do to come back. I told Miss Velvet I didn’t have any room spray … I reached into my teacher’s drawer of snacks and headache pills and chewing gum … and pulled out my can of Old Spice “After Hours” body spray.

Miss Velvet said … So yours fart, too?

Nope, I said. I don’t allow farting in my classes. I just like the way this stuff makes the air smells. Super sexy.

Miss Velvet gave me a certain look.

I tossed her the can.

She huffed out.

I guess I just gave my colleague the advice she needed.

http://www.adixiediary.com

FCM

August 15th, 2012
1:34 pm

@ Voice….if you look at MJG’s post like you would trying to talk to an ADD child it helps.

@ MJG I say that with love, because I do enjoy most of your post (even when I don’t agree).

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
1:35 pm

@jarvis…I adhere to this old saying…after 3 days fish and guests both smell. We never stay with family. They rarely stay with us either. That is mostly due to the fact that everyone, except my sister here, lives 500 plus miles away and no one knows how to get here…we only know how to get there :). Good luck!

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
1:51 pm

@FCM…haha! My chiropractor( sp?) tell me that I am the only person who can make her laugh. I know I am random on topics and that few can keep up with me. Sometimes I forget, myself, what I am saying.

Sorry for the double post jarvis…the first one looked like it disappeared and I did not want to type it all over.

@Dixie…I always love teacher stories…whether the actual truth or tales spun on the truth. Teachers may see things a bit differently sometimes.

FCM

August 15th, 2012
2:05 pm

@ MJG….I have an ADHD child.

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FCM

August 15th, 2012
2:48 pm

er…I mean I have a ADHD child so I have no problem keeping up with your stories.

101st Airborne (and proud of it!)

August 15th, 2012
3:17 pm

@HM & Kat earlier…
Ladies, although yes, this is a “Mom” blog, I felt compelled to reply during my perusal of today’s news (and no, it is NOT sports; rather, the ‘opinion’ section)–

Not trying to be “snide” but since WHEN are back-school-lists “Mommy” territory only? Both my wife and i work and I make it my business to run spearhead on ALL things related to my first-grade son’s schooling (to include PTO, back-to-school lists, parent-teacher face-to-face meetings, all that.). I do take offense at the continuation of your typical male-stereotypes (perpetuated by a fair percentage of women). I for one, am proud of being a “true”, stand-up male–I’ve fought in combat, killed the enemy, changed diapers, fed babies, AND did/do 95% of all the cooking in my home.
The perpetuation of the dumb male who typically sits around, drinks beer, watches football the entire weekend, passes the buck when the baby’s diaper has a whole load of poop in it (oh, and i forgot–HAS to have a “man-cave” to “unwind” in), will only continue if women do not demand more of them. Tell your husbands to get off their butts, do some exercise, and help with the kids (truly help, that is).
To address Kat’s comment that men/boys mistakingly believe that dried sweat does not stink, please rethink your opinion. I don’t feel this way and neither do many of the hundreds of other real men I’ve served with for the past 20 years. If a man or boy stinks in your classroom, call them out on it and drive on. I make it a point to do on-the-spot corrections in my classroom and my students respond quickly.
Gender-related generalizations such as yours are terribly hurtful, don’t do anything to help except further the nature of bitching in-general. I would posit a similar characterization about females–WHY is that by-and-large, many girls/women today have absolutely NO manners, cannot (for the life of them) acknowledge proper, mannerful behavior by boys (most likely because they’re engrossed in their texting or are simply narcicisstic and rude), and expect to get preferential treatment in the classroom by crying (when their research paper is a week overdue and counting)???
I apologize to everyone on this blog for what may appear to be ranting, but really people, “smells” in the classroom? This generation’s children have alot at stake (and much learning to “make-up” for) than this.
Here’s a suggestion for another blog: let’s talk about the unfair shake many men/fathers are being dealt by the type-A, overbearing (and well-outfitted–superlarge SUV, cell-phone glued to the ear, huge diamond, etc.), and similarly rude mothers at your average school who dominate any and all school-related discussion (because “you’re just a man, we’re MOTHERS…”

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
3:31 pm

I just touched knuckles with you, 101st Airborne! From the archives …

One day, right in the heat of a parent-teacher conference, it finally happened: a high-maintenance mother answered her cell phone and started talking as if she was the only person in the room. We all looked at each other, dumbly. I finally said to the mother as sarcastically as I possibly could, and with a sarcastic wave of my hand … Oh, please. Take your time. She did.

http://www.adixiediary.com

101st Airborne (and proud of it!)

August 15th, 2012
3:39 pm

Dixie,
you made me smile. For some reason, I keep running into them more and more.
Have a great rest of today!

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
3:44 pm

And one more for you …

From the archives …

One time I had a hot-body, but lunatic mother say to me about her son … Well, good luck with him, she said, because he’s one straaaaange little guy.

He really was one strange little guy, so I wasn’t shocked at all when she muttered those words to me. But, mom, right in front of him?

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
3:52 pm

@airborne…my husband also served in the military. I am considered Type A. He was home with our son, from the time he was 3 months until 2 years old. He worked nights and I taught Kinder. I had to trust him…no other options. We had no family nearby and could not afford childcare. It was his son too! We swapped shifts and everything turned out fine. Others know this but my son is now finishing Pharmacy School here in ATL.

YEARS later, he did forget to tell me that my Dad called and my Grandmother had died. My sister subsequently left me a message…”What do you want to do about flowers?” Huh…what flowers? Then, I told my Dad to call the kids and let them pass the messages along or leave me a message for me on my cell phone. Hubby said he was sorry but that he did not think I was very close to my Grandmother.

YES, there are really important topics out there but sometimes we tackle minor or humorous things here too. Please join us! You can certainly teach us some things we do not know! I admire you to :
“make it my business to run spearhead on ALL things related to my first-grade son’s schooling (to include PTO, back-to-school lists, parent-teacher face-to-face meetings, all that.)”

We once had men who complained, on this blog, that they were certainly too busy to attend parent teacher conferences as they had MORE important things to do….such as run a business. Guess fighting for our freedom is pretty low key…lol. I mentioned how nice it was to have a DAD in the school who would make time to attend!

Thank you for your service!

@Dixie…been there done that too :).

bug

August 15th, 2012
4:03 pm

Stinky kids equals poor or no parents.
Bad kids equals poor or no parents.
Bad kids learn bad things from other kids who have poor or no parents.

The Dixie Diarist

August 15th, 2012
4:10 pm

It’s why we teach, motherjanegoose! You can’t wait to see what’ll happen tomorrow!

jarvis

August 15th, 2012
4:31 pm

No sweat MJG.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
4:41 pm

@ Dixie…on Tuesday a child said this to me…”You are beautiful…I want to be just like you!”
Not sure how true it is but YES, I will take it and remind myself of it when I am having a bad day!

sam lee

August 15th, 2012
4:54 pm

Oh, yes, I use air freshener. The only difference is; I purchase it myself. High school students coming from PE are gross. Many students do not know basic hygiene, nor do they care. I have had one student tell another that they stink and it made no difference. One time it was so bad, I called the mother and she said,”Oh, I thought it had gotten better” REALLY?

Super Dad

August 15th, 2012
5:02 pm

Perhaps if they mandated showers again after PE.

101st Airborne (and proud of it!)

August 15th, 2012
5:13 pm

Hey everyone,
thanks for letting me chime in with my two cents worth today. I do not normally post on blogs but I guess I was feeling like flapping my gums after a day of painting the house (started a week before my students’ finals and am still at it).
Hats off to all who teach. Cheeers.

MA

August 15th, 2012
5:29 pm

Someone mentioned smoke. We have 3 out of 24 K kids who wreak of smoke. SAD!!!!!!

the red herring

August 15th, 2012
5:34 pm

Mamma S– just be grateful the teachers are teaching your kids some hygeine—you might wish to consider thanking them and try teaching some of that at home. i’m sure the kids come in smelly at times. this subject reminds me of an old high school football story. when in high school we had a small outbreak of staph on the football team. our coaches made us use a product similar to chlorox in the shower (much milder) —also sent us home with all our washable football uniform parts with instructions to tell our mothers to wash all of it in hot water and chlorox. well one of our players mothers really took that to heart and washed his several times with double chlorox— his jersey and pants simply fell apart the next time he tried to insert pads in his pants and put his jersey over his shoulder pads—from then on his nick name was CHLOROX…..stuck with him all thru high school.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
5:42 pm

@ MA…that would be me. My FIL is a chain smoker and you cannot breath in the house. I feel so sorry for kids that live in that environment. Do you teach here metro ATL? My daughter tells me that many UGA students smoke. I do not get it.
@airborne…drop in anytime…I enjoy your posts!
@red…that was a great story!

MA

August 15th, 2012
5:59 pm

@MJG – yes, I teach in metro ATL. My mom was a smoker, but, I don’t ever recall any of us(very large family) smelling like smoke like the kids do now. Maybe we did, and we didn’t realize it. I do remember our friends being amazed when they came to our house and saying, “Wow, I didn’t know your mom smoked. It doesn’t smell bad in your house”. My mom put cruets of vinegar in each room and we didn’t know why until we were older and our parents told us it was to keep the smoke at bay. It worked.

motherjanegoose

August 15th, 2012
6:12 pm

@MA let me know if you are interested in having me visit your school. I am in Gwinnett but am all over the metro. Shoot TWG an e- mail she can forward it to me.

MA

August 15th, 2012
6:27 pm

@MJG – I would love it, but, I’ll have to ask my Principal. I’ll e-mail TWG for your info(flyer, letter, etc.)
Thanks!

newblogger

August 15th, 2012
7:40 pm

I just had this conversation with my fifth grade class today. I explained how their bodies were changing and that after coming in from a 1:00 recess they might be a little sweaty. I told them that it was o.k. if they wanted to bring a little deoderant and sneak off to the bathroom to freshen up. We call it a little D.O. for your B.O.

Teacher, Too

August 15th, 2012
9:18 pm

I buy my own wall flowers. I change the fragrance with the season. I’ve never had anyone complain about the scent…in fact, the way the boys spray on the AXE stuff, it probably is a welcome relief to the girls! And boy oh boy, middle schoolers (especially 30+ in a room) do smell after PE. In fact, just like the elem kids, there are quite a few who don’t bathe, brush their teeth, or wash their hair. Finally, it does no good to bathe if the clothes are dirty and smell.

So, yes, I buy my own wall flower refills, plug it in by my desk, and the fragrance is not overpowering to the rest of the room.

Momcat

August 15th, 2012
11:18 pm

Teacher hasn’t asked for anything but the PTA has asked for $100 donation… To help pay for refreshments on meet the teacher night and to have the class roster laminated. Such worthy expenses. I’d rather pay for air freshener.