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

Listen: Hearing the Right Notes

Listen: Hearing the Right Notes

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

—Ernest Hemingway

At the end of parent seminars, we always ask for comments and questions. The responses range from thought provoking to YIKES, did he just ask what I think he asked? The latter category leaves us scratching our heads a bit: “My son doesn’t like any of his teachers. What is wrong with all of them?” “We have one kid; do you think we should have another?” “Our oldest child never listens to us. Is it because he has red hair?” (All questions that were actually asked!)

We also have our own YIKES moments all the time, including things that cannot possibly be followed through on. For ...

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