As my own children were growing up, I can honestly say that I sometimes questioned my decision making as a parent. My husband and I would sometimes feel that we made more mistakes than not. Being a parent is by far the most important calling and, at the same time, rewarding “challenge” that you may ever have. There were days of the forgotten lunch box, misplaced uniform piece, or even lost and (yes) not completed homework and/or test preparation…not to mention the best friend arguments or hurts of not being invited to a party or losing a game, not getting that all important A+ and more! All these little things can make you shudder and, at the time, assume that you are a failure as a parent. How can we handle these “growing pains” with our children and help contribute to their strength of character as
At Park Maitland, we can easily boast of the excellent job we do of developing our children’s intellect. But, equally or even more important, is how we develop their character. This challenge requires the partnership and efforts of all the adults in a child’s life — teachers, parents, and the school.
As a learning community, Park Maitland is always searching for ways to engage our teachers and staff in ongoing professional development and education. We are always asking — how can we do the very best for every single child at Park Maitland School?
We know that, in order to be exceptional educators, we must be committed to lifelong learning. Book studies are just one avenue which allows teachers to engage and learn about current trends and academic literature. One of our best “reads” was a book chosen this past summer called Uncle Dan’s Report Card. We chose this book because itresonated with our mission of educating the whole child, and it also showed us that some of Park Maitland’s traditional teachings or core values are as timeless and relevant today as they were almost a century ago. Our teachers and staff had the opportunity to meet with the author of this great read and quickly realized that our parents would also enjoy being involved in discussions and conversations related to the key points of this book.
Please look for information regarding our October Parent Chat entitled “Uncle Dan’s Report Card!” We are giving the book away to the first 200 people who sign up to be a part of this pertinent discussion.
We sometimes feel “alone” in our decision making as parents. Raising a happy and successful child today is no small task. Join us in discussions about how we can work together with our toddlers to teens to help them be confident and successful personally and academically.
Head of School