For many schools, including the New York City public schools, today marks the first day of classes. As I drove into work this morning, I heard a newscaster refer to today as, “Parents Liberation Day.” This sentiment is echoed on ads pimping school supplies across TV airwaves. Granted, summer can be a challenge for parents. Finding activities to keep their little ones (and big ones) busy can be difficult. Full disclosure — I am not a parent. However, is this the kind of message that we want to send to our kids? That parents want, and perhaps, need to be “liberated” from their children? Since when did parenting become a part-time job? It also begs that long suffering issue of schools as babysitters. Perhaps, it’s time for a reality check.