[Ed. – The title, which is picked up verbatim from the source, is incomplete. It should end with the words is nuts. At the very least, this woman is guilty of overthinking a harmless acknowledgment. The author is doing the woman a disservice by drawing attention to her loony blog post.]
A U.K. author and mom of three is making waves with a recent parenting decision: Rachel Wright won’t allow 10-year-old son JJ to accept a perfect-attendance award from school.
It may seem cruel on the surface but Wright believes she has good reason.
In a blog post that has now been viewed millions of times, she outlines the four reasons JJ won’t be accepting the award. They vary, ranging from it actually being Wright’s responsibility to get JJ to school each day, not his; to not rewarding “luck.” In other words, JJ is a healthy kid. He’s lucky. Many are not.
Which highlights Wright’s most important point about perfect-attendance awards. From her blog:
“In this family you are not shamed for ill health, vulnerability or weakness. In this house you are not encouraged to spread germs when you are not well. In this house we look after ourselves and the weakest amongst us.
“Can you imagine a work place that at the end of each week marked out all the people who hadn’t been sick? Where all the departments with the least number of people off were rewarded – in front of everyone else? It happens in schools all the time.”