With the holiday season in full stride, it won’t be long before our kids will head back to school. Perhaps for you, this school year has been filled with challenges for your children. Have you ever wondered how to adequately express those issues to your child’s teacher or principal? Today, on the show, we explore some strategies.
Mike and Kristin were recently interviewed by our good friend, Jami Kaeb from The Forgotten Initiative Podcast on how to navigate school challenges with children who have experienced significant trauma. In this replay, they offer practical advice to help parents navigate the challenges their children experience at school.
You know how this goes, especially if you’re fostering or have adopted a child with special needs: The dreaded IEP meeting! The last thing you need is another defeat. But does it really have to go this way?
Kristin nearly dropped the phone when my son’s resource teacher called out of the blue one sunny afternoon. “Could you make sure you feed Andre every morning before he comes to school!” she asked abruptly. Kristin was dumbfounded. She managed to say the words, “Andre receives a balanced breakfast every morning.” A moment of silence on the other end. “Well, he comes in to my class every morning claiming he’s hungry and that you don’t give him breakfast,” the teacher replied.
As parents it’s easy, in our fast-paced lives, to overlook a critical reality- our children are watching us, listening to us, and emulating us. Our words and our actions matter more than we think.
You might be wondering why so many of my posts start out with a phone call from the principal. I’ve been wondering that lately too. Is that dreaded phone call something every parent fears or is it just big families, adoptive families, special needs families? Maybe I’m more sensitive because of the items listed. I have a suspicion though, that I’m not the only mom who is afraid of being exposed at the principal’s office.