Monday, July 16, 2012

Delivering Their Strengths

Children and the futures of our children are our most valuable assets. Good communication and support are also very important in today’s “fast-paced, don’t- have-time- for-this-or-that” world. It is impossible for teachers and faculty to do everything all the time. This is where we parents and guardians come into the picture. We should always focus on our children’s strengths and abilities. We should always encourage every opportunity for our children to be all they can be at school and in the community.
To get started, sit down with your child and make a list of their strengths. What supports are needed to help your child continue to grow their strengths? What life goals does your child have? What supports are needed to help them reach their goals? What challenges do they face? What supports are needed to help them overcome their challenges? Most importantly, do you really know your child or do you just assume you do? Find out about who your child is by making a list describing what they like to do, hobbies, a favorite book, favorite foods, places to visit, and special interest. Engage them in conversations. Ask what it is they want to do when they grow up and graduate high school. By compiling these lists you will have a written visual profile of your child thus reminding you and your child’s entire support system and educational team to continue encouragement and collaboration by giving your child opportunities to be all he or she can be.  Showcase their strengths and abilities by putting opportunities in place so they can deliver their best unique self.