Advice: How to Be a Good Parent

These Van Gogh sunflowers amaze me.  Every one looks different and is in a varied state of growth. They’re pointing every which way, too, which is part of their charm.

sunflowers

To me, they look like a group of children, no two exactly the same.  Each sunflower-child looks different because of some genetic variation mixed with its growing environment.  This is created by the child’s parents, who want the best for their child’s education every day.

What makes public schools and classrooms work is complex and can be difficult for parents to understand.  When you want your child to get a top-notch education, you hope to get clear answers from the school and teacher. When you don’t, it feels extremely stressful.

My experiences as a teacher, school principal, and parent have taught me quite a bit about what good parents do.  It’s not about being perfect, either.

I’ve noticed that good parents often:

  • Are lifelong learners
  • Become effective advocates for their child
  • Listen well to their child
  • Support their child’s learning experiences at home and school
  • Want to balance electronic devices in their child’s life

I’ll write about more of these themes during this month’s A-Z Blogging Challenge.  I hope to hear your questions and comments.