I am on a winter holiday vacation with my extended family. We are lucky this year because we a newborn and a year old baby with us. The other kids are still in elementary school. I found myself not only playing part of World’s Greatest Aunt, but I was happy to answer all manner of questions that my siblings had about school, test taking, learning and education for their children in general.
Questions ranged from “How Important is Preschool?” (Answer: it is the MOST important time of school. If parents spent as much money on preschool as they do on college, they would be setting their children up for success in life. Preschool is far more important than high school in terms of brain development.) to “If my child does well on the test does that mean he will do well in school?” (Not always!)
The reality is that there are many questions that parents have about school and education for their children. It struck me that parents need a kind of concierge to go to to help them navigate their way around all the questions they have. I spent most of the past week acting not only as an aunt, but like a concierge. Parents should have people to ask the important questions of–people outside the schools who they can trust to have the inside information on schools and their children’s best interest in mind. I hope you will feel comfortable emailing me with your questions. I can offer plain spoken advice about your children, their strengths and their education.
I hope you develop strong goals for the new year!