Parenting is not brain surgery or quantum physics; it?s harder. No matter your profession, area of expertise, or socioeconomic status, you will struggle as a parent. Maybe, comedian, Jim Gaffigan said it best, ?Most of the time I feel totally unqualified to be a parent. I call those times being awake.? He?s not far off.
Do not rely on the schools, other adults, or the village to raise your children to be men and women of character and life-long learners. While there are some good schools and great teachers, generally speaking, there are not enough and there never will be. You can read all about it but the main points in this brief book are 1. School reform starts at home and 2. The smallest school in America is the family. 3. Parents are the most important part of the education equation.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to become your child?s first teachers and role models. No special skills or college degrees are needed. The 40 essays in Family Pledge will provide a jargon-free, parent-friendly, and practical guide to better parenting. It?s not a chapter book. Pick an essay of interest and start there.
Table of Contents: (Examples)
?Why Is School Reform Mission Impossible?
?Who Is Teaching Your Child About Character and Virtue?
?Is Homework Necessary?
?Is it the Gorilla?s Fault the Kid Fell into the Zoo Enclosure?
?How to Say, No to Your Kids and Mean it.
?Handguns in Kindergarten.
?Enabling Irresponsible Behavior.
?A Holocaust Survivors lesson to His Grandchildren.
?Pediatricians Say, ?Limit Electronics?
?What Can Parents Do About Bullying?
?Let ?Em Fail
?The 30 Million Word Gap.
I am a state and national award-winning educator: I was the Florida Teacher of the Year and a National School of Excellence Principal at Purchase School in Harrison, NY. I have taught at every school level including undergraduates and graduate students. I am a parent and grandparent who is speaking to you from experience and from the heart.