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Lord, give me balance as a parent. Please. Help me check in but not overwhelm. Help me try to get things just right. Help me make sure that summer is fun, while also keeping those little brain cells firing once in a while.Help me find a way to connect with my kids school (I know that parent invo...

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Goldilocks Parents

Posted by: Tim Sullivan on Jun 27, 2007 in Parent Involvement


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Lord, give me balance as a parent. Please. Help me check in but not overwhelm. Help me try to get things just right. Help me make sure that summer is fun, while also keeping those little brain cells firing once in a while.

Help me find a way to connect with my kids' school (I know that parent involvement is important) in a fashion that works for me, the kids, and the school for the long term. It seems all the talk these days about parents focuses on either parents who do too much ("Helicopter Parent") is bound to be one of those new expressions in the dictionary soon) or parents who do too little. Help me find the middle ground.

If we've had a guiding principle in developing the content for this site, it's been that "just right" concept. Guiding your child successfully though 12 years of school isn't easy, but it is doable. Getting and staying involved in the right fashion (not too much, not too little) is the key. No supermoms or superdads required here. Just parents looking forward to that graduation day (from high school, not 2nd grade) and looking down at a well-adjusted, smart, nice, happy, healthy, balanced kid. Hope you're enjoying the site.
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  1. Posted by - Marti on Jun. 10, 2008

    Thank you for sharing information on "Heilcopter Parents" and parents who do too little. I have tried everything I know and will keep trying to encourage parents at the middle school where I work. It's one of the hardest jobs I've ever had as far as connecting I don't feel like I'm making progress at times. I won't give up for the sake of the students and I will be your number one reader this year. Thank you and keep up the fantastic work.

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