So the kid's cousin, who's about six months younger, just started at a pre-school in Salt Lake City. Rather hard to get in, very popular, etc. etc. [From the stories my sister tells, I have major issues with the curriculum, but I'm East Coast that way, I guess. Not the point here.]
At the curbside dropoff each day, parents stay in the car, no problem, but it's school policy to teach the kids to unbuckle their own car seat straps so the teachers can unload them. Then at pickup, the kids buckle themselves in. 2- and 3-year-olds.
There's major pressure to keep the cars moving, so what happens is that often, parents will drive off, then go around the corner to redo the kid's carseat.
So, am I the over-protective, under-empowering, over-reacting one for thinking that it's insane and/or irresponsible to teach and/or expect kids to operate their own car seat? And that if the school's going to compel parents to stay behind the wheel, the teachers or assistants who load the kids should be responsible for unbuckling and buckling the car seats?
Does this happen everywhere else, all the time, and we just happened to send our kid to the one preschool where the staff does everything? Or is this, as I suspect, the
batshit batcrud [sorry, mom] craziest thing in the world?