Yesterday I was on hold with the pediatrician’s office. The elevator music playing in the background brought me back 15 years when our first born child was really sick and we needed help. She was an infant and typically, it was the middle of the night. As I tried to soothe the baby, my husband hurriedly called the pediatrician and was put on hold. Now that is normal, but this “hold” lasted for over an hour. He waited as patiently as he could, pacing the floor, and finally hung up to help me with our daughter. When he called back again he slowed down, listened to all the prompts and got through right away. He then realized he had been on hold for over an hour, with the billing office because he did not follow the correct prompt in his haste to get help.
Like my husband, how often do we as parents have the patience of a saint and try to do the right thing all in the attempt to help and we are put on “hold”? With a new school year starting I’m reminded of the effort, tolerance, patience, and love we pour into helping our children do well in school and when that does not work out the way we had hoped, we wonder where have we failed? What we need to do is slow down, listen to the prompts, and follow through guiding our kids. Reference this post for more information.
Start by helping your children (and yourself) reflect on the past year to recognize specific things to change for the upcoming school year. It’s not too late to do that exercise right now. Slow down to reflect on the areas that need tweaking. During this process listen to your children. By listening to their concerns and fears you will be better able to make a plan to help your kids excel. Create a clear plan and create a contract everyone can agree upon. Click HERE for how-tos for creating an academic contract.
Use the last bits of summer or the first few weeks of the school year to make sure you and your family can move forward with a clear and effective plan. This will ensure you are not put on “hold” feeling helpless to support and assist your children to do their best.
My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding,
that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge.
Proverbs 5:1-2 ESV
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.
Author of Own Your Education: A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (And Life)
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