The Rock of FAIL [video]

SO. There’s this rock at my kids’ school.

on a rock!

This is not the rock. But it’s a rock, so…

The rock at school is the PERFECT size for climbing, sliding… and also the PERFECT size for getting in trouble. You see… this climbing rock/slide rock is placed teasingly in the welcome/front/pick-up area of the school. And if a kid climbs on the rock, the kid gets in trouble as well as the parent.

Smell that? That’s the smell of FAIL.

If you like the smell – here’s the recipe!



after school


crazed, after-school children


parents who think the rock is a great climbing option


school that sees rock as climbing safety hazard


stink eye or finger wag or a talking-to DAILY from the Keepers of The Rock



Yes. My equation has two =’s. You know I am not mathy…

So… one day last spring I made a video. I have finally gotten the nerve to show it. Hope I don’t get a detention. Ya know… something else happened last year… which has me feeling a little less care-y, so… whatever. I’M Β THE MOM. Don’t mess.


I could actually go on a little rant about how it sucks *insert dirty, inappropriate analogy about donkeys here* to be reprimanded by a teacher when one is a parent. And this rock and my relationship with it highlights the issue I have with public schools/institutions/government-at-large thinking every parent is an idiot and is unable to parent. But that is another issue. Oh golly, I got riled-up.

But I will hold my tongue and will leave those select sentences above bolded because that felt good.

*Note: I understand the rock vs. safety issue.

*Note: Why is the rock there if it is a safety concern? Why is there even a playground???

I’m getting riled again.

P.S. I am not really as sweet as I seem.

P.P.S. Totally not.

Peace and Sparkles, and a little bit of Mama Bear…




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10 Responses to “The Rock of FAIL [video]”

  1. Ray Colon says:

    Hi Jenny,

    I have a rock like that in my front yard. I often climb on top of it myself. It’s fun! When my girls were little, I worried about them climbing and hovered around to swoop them up is they took a tumble, but I never tried to stop them, because … say it with me … It’s fun! And I also didn’t want them to be wimpy kids. Children run, play, and fall. It’s all part of the deal.

    Silly school administrators. Can you think of anything that they should be worrying about instead of that rock? I know that I can.


    • Yeah… I guess I could complain about the budget issues, but I’m gonna stick to the rock. And it’s not the admin’sesssess fault… I think the rock has been there awhile. I understnad why the rule is there, I just think there could be far fewer issues if the rock was just gone.

  2. Um, that’s like a perfect size rock. It’s not even that big. A kid could fall over backwards on their head and it wouldn’t even hurt. I don’t really see kids getting hurt off of it.
    Maybe they should paint it gold and enshrine it or something. I feel your irritation, I’m a bit outraged myself.

  3. Haley says:

    I’m not very “mathy” either! πŸ™‚ Also, I love this, and I think you make an excellent point.

  4. Kerry says:

    Oh Jenny on the Rock *Spot* You TOTALLY rock! I agree… if you don’t want em to play on it, dont put the vrikkin rock there!! Kerry x

  5. Lynette says:

    Love your sense of humor, you are too cute!

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