Summer is my favorite time of year and so it comes with great pain and agony, that I mention…School is about to start! 🙁
What’s a mom to do when the entire schedule is about to be flipped upside down yet again?! I feel like I just found my summer rhythm with these cuties..
But alas… it’s gonna happen whether I want it to or not, so I would like to go into it prepared!
I wanted to do something catchy with the “Top 10 best tips of something”… but honestly… I believe there is ONE super-uper-duper important tip and so I’m going to share what is closest to my heart.
The only TIP:
Stay CONNECTED in your childs education.
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom and have the freedom to go volunteer weekly, or a working mother that has to be creative with her time, juggling many balls…. stay connected. Do what you can to be constantly interacting with the teachers, principal, anyone that will see your kid daily…the lunch lady!
Case and point:
A few weeks ago I went to Ollie’s summer school teacher and (respectfully and kindly!) told her that I noticed they didn’t have enough aide’s for the classroom and water day was coming up. This was of concern to me because Ollie cannot wear his leg braces or use his wheelchair in the water. It’s a very hands on kind of thing for him to do, seeing that he has very little balance without the leg braces. I offered to keep him home on this day (it’s summer school, which means “play” school! It is soooo not necessary for him to go…).
The teacher replied, “Please don’t keep him home. He’s our favorite. We’ll find more help for him.” The very next morning (not even the water day) there was an aide waiting for me out front, assuring me that he would be there with Ollie for the remainder of summer school.
I walked away with a new appreciation for asserting myself and staying connected. And I felt kind of broken for any kid that didn’t have someone right there requesting for more care. It’s unfair.
However- this is what we’re working with. So with that, I strongly encourage you… Know what your kids are getting! Ask for more if they need it. Be a part of the process! Offer to help with the solution. Maybe you can’t physically be IN the school every week… but could you keep in contact through email? Phone? Monthly check-ins? Other parents?
In my experience, my boys get the very best care possible when I’m there and checking in… Teachers have a lot on their plates and the classrooms are too full. Our education system is a mess. But we can help by being involved and inquiring about our kids 🙂
If you remain in constant (respectful and kind!) communication with them, your child will be in the front of their mind. The teachers will know that you’ll be asking how it’s going… how you can help support them… how you guys’ as a team will help your kiddo succeed.
This goes for typically developing kids as well as special needs.
And this is what will create successful little people… moving towards successful teens… moving towards successful adults.
Everyone has great potential. We just have to take notice and nurture it!