March 25, 2019

Parents, Get Out of the Cafeteria!

“Beth Bonanno had always looked forward to her special lunch date. She would leave the office to sit with her son, a second-grader, on his birthday and maybe three other days a year.

But then she got an email from the school district: Parents were being barred from the lunchroom.

The email incensed Ms. Bonanno and other parents. And what began as a small debate in the wealthy Connecticut town of Darien erupted into a controversy about parenting that rippled throughout the world.

“It doesn’t seem like a big story, but it’s something that personally caused me a lot of stress,” Ms. Bonanno, 42, said in an interview. “It was a big bummer to me. The reality is, as a full-time working mom, it was an opportunity to go at my discretion.”

The divisive issue once again raised a question sensitive to parents and administrators: When to let go?”

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