A High School Principal Just Put the Smackdown on Enabling Parents In the Best Way

The Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Arkansas is going viral in a big way—for keeping enabling parents OUT. It all started when the high school posted this sign on their front door last week—and a picture of the sign to their Facebook page.

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Photo: The Catholic School for Boys on Facebook

The caption on the Facebook photo reads: “Welcome to Catholic High. We teach reading, writing, arithmetic, and problem-solving.” Since it was posted August 10, it’s been shared over 117,000 times!

Principal Steve Straessle told KARK News that the policy was in place “simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don’t go right to bail them out.” Some parents were afraid to leave their kids lunch-less, but Straessle assured them that no kids would go hungry at the school if they did indeed forget their lunch, because they would solve the problem themselves.

Senior Patrick Wingfield is all for the idea. “It makes me think for myself and not rely on other people to do things for me,” he said. “And if I make a mistake, I need to learn from it and try to fix it.”

When I first saw this sign, I was a little taken aback—I definitely would feel terrible if my kiddo had no lunch! But when I realized it was for a HIGH SCHOOL and not younger kids, I quickly hopped aboard Team Problem Solvers. After all, moms and dads, we aren’t raising kids, we’re raising ADULTS, and it’s up to us to equip them to be responsible and resourceful so they don’t do a giant face-plant on their first day in the real world! When we start teaching our kids at an early age to figure out problems, we prepare them to function in a world full of grown-ups, which is the ultimate goal.

After all, I don’t want my 28-year-old still living with me and expecting me to make him peanut butter sandwiches…do you?

Kudos to the staff at the Catholic School for Boys…and have a great school year!


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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.