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

Noise or Voice?

Noise or Voice?

At one time or another, all parents experience the feeling of being invisible to their children. There are occasions when it feels like our children can hear everyone and everything except us. They hear the ice cream truck jingle from miles away, respond to the ring of their cell phones no matter the surrounding noise level, and attentively listen to the latest Instagram or YouTube star. Yet, they are quite adept at tuning out parents’ voices. No matter how clearly we speak, our words are often background noise to our children. The question is, how can we help them tune in?

The concept of voice is not foreign to our children. Countless voices in different mediums compete for their “airtime,” ...

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