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Buses and Wings!

school busWhile the rest of the country started school long ago, today is the day our district begins! With excitement, nerves and tears (mostly the Moms) these kids head back to school, finally!

There have been budget freezes, staff eliminations, programming changes, a new superintendent and new state mandates since school ended last year. Stability doesn’t exist anywhere. And so, parents, give teachers and administration the right kind of support.  Be the solution, not their problem.

Here is my challenge and hope for kids in K-12 (and parents):

  • Learn to love learning
  • Be inquisitive
  • Welcome challenges
  • Ignore bullies
  • Manage emotions
  • Allocate time wisely
  • Prioritize what is really important
  • Create
  • Speak up when you have to
  • Know which battles are worth fighting
  • Challenge the status-quo
  • Do not ever accept mediocrity
  • Have a sense of humor and use it
  • Help those who need it
  • Be a part of the larger community
  • Be “hungry”

Parents, if we can teach children to be independent and the necessary new-world survival skills, I think we’ve done what we’re supposed to. No more coddling, fighting their fights, advocating, stepping in to their stuff. They MUST learn how to do this for themselves. Do you think they need your help? They are tougher than you give them credit for. Set the bar high and give them wings!

Every day I hear stories about parents who go on interviews with their college kids or help them negotiate job offers or call their bosses to complain about how their child is being treated. Seriously. This pattern started long ago when they were little and it continues. How does this help? The world is an uncertain and unfair place, the sooner everyone accepts this fact and learns how to manage the emotions of this, the better.

Please honor the positive intent with which this is intended. Help them grow to be great thinkers and problem-solvers! That is what we need today!

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  • Bill Griffin September 6, 2012, 11:13 am

    Great Post Hannah,
    I too have have a couple of young children and see and meet the parents of their friends and classmates, and at times I am astounded at the behavior of these helicopter parents. They are completely involved in their children lives and not in a positive way but in a controlling way, as in trying to control all outcomes kinda way.
     
    Yes it’s painful to see your child fail at something or get hurt whether it be physically or emotionally, but these set backs are essential to growing and learning. If we guard our children so much that they can’t solve their own problems dare I say they won’t turn out all that well adjusted as young adults. The over coddling now will be a detriment to them when life’s reality takes hold.   

  • Bill Griffin September 6, 2012, 11:13 am

    Great Post Hannah,
    I too have have a couple of young children and see and meet the parents of their friends and classmates, and at times I am astounded at the behavior of these helicopter parents. They are completely involved in their children lives and not in a positive way but in a controlling way, as in trying to control all outcomes kinda way.
     
    Yes it’s painful to see your child fail at something or get hurt whether it be physically or emotionally, but these set backs are essential to growing and learning. If we guard our children so much that they can’t solve their own problems dare I say they won’t turn out all that well adjusted as young adults. The over coddling now will be a detriment to them when life’s reality takes hold.   

    • careersherpa September 7, 2012, 3:21 am

       @Bill Griffin Bill, yep, we have to let them figure more stuff out on their own. It will be interesting to see what happens down the road!

  • grammar queen September 9, 2012, 12:27 pm

    your blogs are interesting and helpful but your spelling is atrocious.  Ever hear of Spellcheck?  “Busses”  are light kisses.  I think you meant “Buses”.  And your article on “5 ways your ruining your job search”  should be “5 ways YOU”RE (you are) ruing your job search”.  Having said that, my husband is embarking on a new career search and I am sending him this blog.  Thanks.

  • grammar queen September 9, 2012, 12:27 pm

    your blogs are interesting and helpful but your spelling is atrocious.  Ever hear of Spellcheck?  “Busses”  are light kisses.  I think you meant “Buses”.  And your article on “5 ways your ruining your job search”  should be “5 ways YOU”RE (you are) ruing your job search”.  Having said that, my husband is embarking on a new career search and I am sending him this blog.  Thanks.

  • grammar queen September 9, 2012, 12:27 pm

    your blogs are interesting and helpful but your spelling is atrocious.  Ever hear of Spellcheck?  “Busses”  are light kisses.  I think you meant “Buses”.  And your article on “5 ways your ruining your job search”  should be “5 ways YOU”RE (you are) ruing your job search”.  Having said that, my husband is embarking on a new career search and I am sending him this blog.  Thanks.