While 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
- 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!