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
Chapter 4: Lead: Working in Harmony With Your Child and School
Lead: Working in Harmony With Your Child and School
No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
When my (RQ) children were younger, I worked in various school districts where I engaged in meaningful, shared leadership with my colleagues all the time. [Page 84]As someone who advocates for student voice, the irony occurred to me. I rarely considered shared leadership with my own children. In an effort to change, I embarked on my . . . I mean our . . . first leadership venture. On the way home from their after-school rec programs one evening, we stopped for dinner at one of their favorite places, Governor’s in Orono, Maine. ...