I love my daughter’s school, but I can’t help but groan inwardly when I receive a note about an upcoming science fair. We all know it’s usually the parents who are up at late hours tracking down poster board and markers for a last-minute masterpiece. I’ve exchanged many weary glances with fellow parents at Home Depot, buying plywood and paint for a diorama.
After my child’s last school project, which involved a lot of spray paint and craft knives, I decided enough was enough. Instead of being a science fair for kids, it was turning into a competition to see whose parents would win the blue ribbon. I made a promise that from then on, my daughter would be in charge of her own project.