“At some point, all of our children need us to be their voice…
How do we find the balance between helping our children be successful and letting them do hard things?
How do we speak to teachers, coaches, leaders and peers in a way that opens hearts and opportunities?
How do we navigate a situation when we feel our children are not safe?
How do we help our children to find their own voice and (when possible) learn to advocate for themselves?”
This is a direct quote that I received in an email from Emily Orchard, a listener of this podcast who is a mother of four and a Speech Language Pathologist. As she’s worked as an SLP in the schools for the past 16 years, she has become passionate about teaching parents how to advocate for their kids. This topic became especially meaningful to her when she found that her own son needed some additional support and advocacy.
Don’t miss this incredibly useful episode, which will help you to feel prepared for the next opportunity you have to speak up on your child’s behalf.
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Is your child’s life at school a bit of a mystery to you? Whenever you ask what he/she did today, do you hear the lackluster response, “Oh, nothing.”
Amanda Hamilton Roos taught high school English for nearly a decade before deciding to stay home with her three children. She has continued to be very involved in education by writing curriculum and developing a website called BuildingtheBridge.org. Her mission is to help families bridge the divide between home and school and build strong, effective partnerships.
In today’s podcast, she shares three easy steps for forming a “working relationship” with your child’s teacher. Within the discussion, you will learn…
- Why talking to your child’s teacher about something other than school is so important
- How to start these conversations without sounding like an awkward teenager on a blind date
- How often you should “follow up” with teachers and in what ways
- Why a little praise and gratitude goes a long way
- What you should be asking to see within the classroom
Amanda’s website for families and teachers: BuildingtheBridge.org
- The article we discuss in the podcast: “The Best Way to Support Your Child in School“