Hey parents, it’s that time of year! The time of year other than Christmas that we break the bank for clothes, shoes and hair appointments. I know cause I am broke and not a happy camper because I had to send off 4 kids. My children’s school dress code is uniforms so the majority of my budget went to khaki’s and polo shirts while the other went to school supplies.
But besides the sarcastic complaining I wanted briefly speak on keeping focus on our children, their education and the elements around them during the school year. I’m sure that I am not the only person that goes to parent-teacher conferences and including yourself there is a total of 5 parents. I find it extremely important to be active and be seen within the education system within where our children attend. Every label, stereotype, or opinion that comes home on a piece of paper in your son or daughters book bag is not law. You have the right to disagree with things and contest the ability of their teachers as well as demand a comfortable and welcoming environment for your child. That is why it is important to be a constant presence.
Rather teachers, sports coach, your child’s friends and even your school bus driver, everyone should know your presence. It’s not the end all, cure all but it makes things better when people are familiar with you. They don’t have to guess an approach, they will not be quick to cross the line, and they will see that you are the first line of defense for your children.
As parents we need to challenge and encourage each other to step up our presence. I know it is hard in the corporate world to be 100% physically involved but phone calls, emails and notes attached to your children’s homework work as well. There is no such thing as ‘being a pest’ or too assertive as a parent. Take 10 minutes out of your day to check in with teachers or to call and speak with your child just to make sure that the day is productive.
This is a parent challenge for the school year: Become involved and if you already are…..encourage other parents to do so!