Educational transitions are often tough for parents. We start parenthood with little beings that are totally dependent upon us for all their needs, as well as their safety. We get used to running the show and calling the shots. It’s really hard to give that control up to the school and people we may not know. Plus, our children may also be nervous or scared of what school will be like. So how do we handle all of these issues with grace and strength, and not like a blubbering, freaked out mess?
After almost 42 years in education, working as a teacher and as a school counselor, and working at every level of education, I’m going to share some helpful tips with you over the course of 4 blog posts that I have put together for the Parent Toolkit. Think about them, try them out, and see if they fit for you.
It’s hard to think of them leaving the nest and heading off to the school bus on that very first day. We see the kids full of smiles and excitement but behind them we see moms and dads fighting back tears. More
Ah, middle school, the time during which every parent gains a full understanding of why some animals eat their young. Seriously, I do love middle school students. They live in a world of black and white. There’s no gray. More
So you have a high school student. You sit in the roller coaster car as you climb the incline of freshman year, sophomore year, then begin the crazy roller coaster into junior year and, ultimately, arrive at the end, senior year. These next four years will fly by, so hang on. More
Where did the last four years go? I think that’s the question that every parent of a high school senior asks him/herself at the beginning of that last school year. More