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Published: Monday, Nov. 18 2013 10:00 a.m. MST

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

My kids always knew they had to get through some of this stuff on their own. A lot of it. We're working to keep 'em fed, and that often doesn't come with helicopter parent time. And that's OK. My parents seldom had time to mess with school stuff.

Random
Redlands, CA

I would love to *not* be there sometimes, but I am in a position that I can be, so the teacher has some adult help. At this point, I don't know if my youngest (5th grade) would even care if I'm there or not. I do continue showing up because I like it and the teacher needs additional help but it doesn't validate or invalidate me as a parent if I'm not there for everything.

Cat
Centerville, UT

As a working mom, I did my best also in trying to attend what I could. I managed to make it to most of the programs and performances my kids were in but I just couldn't make it to all the class room activites. My kids understood. However, parents weren't always as understanding. During one classroom activity one parent actually told our son that we weren't good parents to him since we seldom made it to classroom activites but since he was there for his son, he would just have to take our place. Nedless to say, it was a tough time at our house that evening. I probablly could have done more class activities if I was the chief of police and my office was accross the street from the school.

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