Find your best voice to inspire your child to reach their aspirations. With no single or right formula to teach, reassure, or help a child, no precise age gauge for first experiences, and blurry lines between clear, obvious, and gut decisions, how can a parent know what is best or right in the course of their child’s education? Parent Voice applies thought, experience, and a developmental model for parents to follow that allows for differences in personalities, dispositions, and supporting players. Real musings give real-life examples of parents positively influencing their child’s education Reflection questions encourage engagement and application Action items offer guides for each stage of a child’s development Be the guide and advocate your child needs by finding your best parent voice. “Parent Voice describes how to handle difficult situations with the “Listen, Learn, Lead” structure, and also offers solutions to prevent them in the first place. This book teaches parents how to use their voices in effective ways and how to give their children voice.” Karen L. Tichy, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO

Introduction: Be the Parent You Want to Be . . . and the Parent Your Children Deserve!

Introduction: Be the Parent You Want to Be . . . and the Parent Your Children Deserve!

“I will never do that!” Think back to the days before you were a parent—a time when you observed a mom in line at the grocery store finally giving in and buying her child that longed-for candy bar, or the occasion when you suffered through someone else’s screaming toddler during dinner at a nice restaurant. Do you remember thinking to yourself, “I will never do that when I am a parent!”? Still feel the same way? All the best intentions, all the “I will never…” or “I will always….” promises made to ...

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