Sometimes parents just don’t understand….
I am sure this isn’t news to you, but being a student in today’s world is substantially different from the one we grew up in!! The ways we prepared for each new academic chapter during our adolescence are not as practical today as they were then. I often find that parents often feel lost and sometimes even overwhelmed and confused with each new step in their child’s academic progress. One of the best parts of my job is bringing my client families together to help them all understand how to maneuver through these transitions with maximum success and achievement and minimum stress and worry.
This concept is often related to a high school student’s preparation for college, but there are far more academic chapters we have to consider as we watch our students grow and ultimately help them find their passions and chase them in whatever way they can! I want to provide a successful transition for clients moving from early elementary to higher grade levels (3-5 grades), then into the concept of middle school (6th-8th grade), and into the high school years as well as helping juniors and seniors prepare to move toward a college level program, and finally for my college students seeking post-graduate degrees. Each of these new chapters has its own challenges, and many changes occur in each one over the years as our education system grows, changes and develops.
My best example is a personal one. When I was a high school senior – many many moons ago – my guidance counselor showed up at the front door of my home one evening with a stack of papers – all scholarship applications – and spent a bit of time explaining what I needed to do in order to submit them. He then spent quite a bit of time explaining to my parents – who had neither attended college – what was needed for the scholarship applications. While I realize I attended a very small school, and so he was able to do this with each senior and provide individualized attention, I also realize that the scope of a school counselor has evolved and changed significantly since that time. We can no longer assume a school counselor can provide that dedicated amount of time for each senior to help them successfully maneuver through scholarship applications. In fact, the applications themselves have shifted to an online format as well.
So often parents feel that things haven’t changed “that much” and attempt to treat their child’s educational processes similarly to their own, and sometimes end up frustrated and confused. I completely understand, and would like very much to be a voice of support and an extra set of hands to help ensure families can traverse this process as effectively as possible to provide their students with the opportunity for every success!!
I am going to offer some parent Q&A events in the near future on Facebook Live – so please consider joining us to ask your questions, voice your concerns, or just to listen and see what you can glean in order to help your student reach for their absolute best!