Well, it must be September, because my Facebook feed is full of parents’ pictures of their young ones heading off to their first day of school, and teachers posting about how quickly the summer flew by. As parents across the country send their babies out into the world yet again (and possibly for the first time), there are a few things they need to keep in mind.
The Importance of Teachers
Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, we can all agree that American educators face major criticism year in and year out. While it’s impossible to say that every teacher out there is absolutely outstanding, I do feel I can confidently say that the education children get, no matter who the teacher is, is better than no education at all. Not only does a person’s level of education correlate to their chances of future success, but it also correlates to whether or not they have a future at all.
Teaching is an incredibly difficult job. Yes, there are some teachers out there who aren’t the greatest, but the same can be said for any industry out there. The difference is, while some people might end up in a specific job without really caring whether or not they do well, nobody goes into teaching unless they truly want to make a difference in the lives of the children they meet. Even the teachers who struggle to reach their students and might not be the best at what they do at least deserve our trust and our respect for dedicating themselves to our country’s youth.
Preparing Our Children Emotionally
If you’re a parent shipping your child off to school for the first time, you have a tough road ahead of you. So far, you’ve been the number one influence in your child’s life. Although you still will be incredibly important to their moral development, they’ll be meeting peers from a variety of backgrounds and home lives. Your presence will be the moral compass they will follow when they meet new people or face disagreements and other struggles in their life. Decide what lessons you want them to learn throughout the next 18 years of their life and further, and be the role model you know they need as they enter the world beyond the doors of your home..
Preparing Our Children Academically
As our children enter the school-age world, they’ll do so with mixed feelings. They’ll be excited to meet new friends and learn new things, but they’ll also soon realize how vulnerable they are out in the world. Instill in them the idea that it’s okay to be nervous or scared, and that stepping out of their comfort zone will lead to much more fun and exciting things to come. Even though you hate to see your baby upset or uncomfortable, you should always push him forward to the next big thing in his life. The worst thing you can do as a parent is hold your child back from reaching his full potential.
Turning the Page
As your children enter the next chapter of their lives, it’s important to realize you, too, are entering the next chapter of yours. Though you’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last few years of parenthood, and the next few years will be much different, the next chapter of your lives will undoubtedly be just exciting for you and your family