Proactive Parenting Ensures Children Have Access to the Best Opportunities
Raising children can be a tough task. As parents we want to give them their best chance at life. We want our children to have access to opportunities that will help them thrive. The question is, how do we find these opportunities?
There are tons of resources to help you find arts, athletic, and educational programs for your child, but as parents, we have to be proactive! We have to take steps to seek out these opportunities. My post about taking the stress out of finding activities lays out steps to help with that.
HERE ARE MY GO TO RESOURCES FOR FINDING ACTIVITIES FOR MY KIDS:
INTERNET: The first stop is the internet! Enter the activity, program, or school into the search engine along with location and sit back as the information essentially, comes to you.
REVIEW SITES: Sites such as SchoolDigger.com and GreatSchools.org are great resources for information. There you can find school grade reports, statistics such as diversity and teacher to student ratios. If you’re in the market for a new home, Great Schools has a tool for researching which schools are zoned for which neighborhoods. Of course you must verify Great Schools information with the school district before actually purchasing the home.
WEBSITES: Most programs, activities, and schools have a presence on the Internet. It’s a great starting point for finding out directly from them what they offer. I always make note of any pictures they share for an idea of whom they are trying to impress and who is included in their posts.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check out their Twitter, Facebook and other social media pages as well to see what kinds of information they share. Are they ingrained into the community? Are their values aligned with yours? These are all things you can get a feel for through what’s posted online. Social media often gets a bad rap, but it all depends on how you use it. It can be very useful in getting behind the scenes information and connecting with like-minded people.
BOOKS: Books usually contain some of what you already know combined with new insights. All of this is then compiled into an easy to follow action plan. That makes getting organized less stressful and helps keep you on track.
A money-saving tip is to use your local library to peruse books. That way you get to try before you buy. When it comes navigating the education system, you need to be an expert to some degree. The more you read about it, the more knowledgeable and empowered you will be to make good decisions for your children.
PARENTS: One of my family’s challenges has been moving to new places and knowing no one. We didn’t have friends or family to go to for information. That coupled with me not really being a social butterfly posed quite a challenge. As I watched my children grow and navigate new schools, new rules, new cultures, I realized it was imperative that I do the same.
I quickly learned to reach out to new people because my need for information became more powerful than my nervousness to talk to people I didn’t know.
When seeking information from people, be sure to do so cautiously. One person’s version of a “good activity” may not be your definition of a “good activity”. Get specific information about why they feel how they feel about the activity. Weigh that against what you are looking for.
Remember, even if your family’s values differ from those you talk to, you can still gain valuable information from them on how to navigate the different activities, programs, and schools available in the area.
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