The question of the day, “Do you have skin in the game?” This question was on my mind recently concerning the involvement of parents with their child’s education. I know we say we “partner” with parents in our mission statement, but is the relationship between parent, student, school administration, etc. actually working?
One way to test this is through the daily conversations with students and parents. It is a wonderful thing to talk with students who share with staff the structure at home. This is an encouragement to staff as we try to build off of that in school. Another indicator is the extracurricular activities students choose. It warms my hear when a student / parent show growth with volunteering, serving, and working together. If parents simply become “managers” or “friends” of their child, then it is difficult to do the deep level instruction that is needed during the formative years.
Read: Proverbs 1:5-6
Let me encourage you to stay involved with your kids. Its hard work and usually comes with conflict. One question I have asked men who are older than me and who have parented kids that are now grown is this, “What is one major thing you wished you did while raising your children?” The answer is almost the exact same…..”I would have been involved and in their business!” Being in a teens business is not what they outwardly want, however if you ask a teen what they feel is missing in their life, often times it is the close relationship with their parent.
Definition of abdicate
: to renounce a throne, high office, dignity, or function The king was forced to abdicate.
1 : to relinquish (something, such as sovereign power) formally abdicate a throne
2 : to cast off : discard abdicate a responsibilityI desire parents in our school who do not abdicate their responsibility of parenting. I desire students who do not abdicate their responsibility. I desire teachers who do not abdicate their responsibility. Where are you in the battle?Tuesday, May 2nd, 20177:00am – Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)8:15am – Normal School DayHot lunch: Hamburgers / Dessert3:15pm – After School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)His Glory, Our Joy!Jeremy ShaefferPrincipal of TBS-FDL