The Parent as Employer


“I pay your salary.”

I hope that you’ve never heard it from a parent. Unfortunately, I have.

It’s usually said in a moment of anger, or at the very least, a moment of weakness.

It is, in some sense, true.

It’s hard to think of parents as employer because they don’t sign our paychecks each week.

But they do oversee our most crucial work.

They watch to make sure we bring our best effort.

They observe to ensure we deliver quality instruction.

They look to see that we are caring for their most precious assets.

And therefore, we do have a responsibility.


To bring our best effort. To deliver. To care.

To serve as the best employees we can be.

(Even if they don’t directly pay our salaries.)