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 5: Staying in Tune With Your Child and School
Staying in Tune With Your Child and School
While this book is wrapping up, the three of us feel we have only just begun. The more we wrote and revised this book, the more we learned about ourselves and our parenting skills (or lack thereof . . .). We reflected a lot, laughed a lot, and at times wondered how our kids turned out as well as they did with parents like us! The book also kept us real with our own kids. On more than one occasion, when I (RQ) made a decision that reflected less-than-stellar parenting, my daughter would say to me, “Is that in your parenting book?” As we mentioned from the start, this ...