It seems to me that parents feel as though they have no power when it comes to their children. What I mean by that is, I have talked to many parents who feel as though they have no control in their child’s classroom, what goes on in their every day activities with classmates, or with teachers. I don’t feel that parents should be micromanaging their child’s life, however, when things don’t go as planned in their child’s school life, parents should feel as though they have some control over the next step. I have many friends that are teachers, so before I continue I do want to say that there are MANY good teachers out there, but just not enough. With that being said, I think parents need to remember that they are the customer, they are the ones that should feel satisfied. I have been reading lately that moms are the biggest marketers for companies these days. Toy companies are having them try out products at parties, and they are getting paid good money to test the toys, talk about the toys, and spread the word by mouth about the products they are trying to sell. Let’s just think about that for a second, moms have such an immense amount of power that big companies are paying them good money just to talk?! I know that as a previous teacher myself, it is always the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, not the child that has parents that are willing to go along with whatever. We need to remember that as parents we have much more control over things than we realize. This goes for sporting events, extra curricular activities, school, home life, and what we want our children to grow up knowing and learning. I think we, as parents, are in this mode of pure survival. I have heard myself and other parents I know that just say, “Let’s just get through today, this week, this season, this year.” It is not the frame of mind that we need to be teaching, preparing, nurturing or taking time to do what is right for ourselves or our family. We are not thinking of building character, or preparing them to be the adults that we would like to see. We are just trying to make it through the day. That is a scary thought for the future of our country as a whole. If we are not developing children that we would like to see running this country, then what are we doing? I hope that parents remember that the biggest power comes from numbers. The more that we can band together with a common goal or thought, the more we can accomplish separately.