I am honored to be named in Top Global Teacher Bloggers / CMRubinWorld.com / Global Search for Education http://www.cmrubinworld.com/TGTB. The bloggers on this list have been asked to contribute to Huffington Post’s Education blogs for 2017. This month we look to answer the following highly controversial question “ What do teachers most want to tell parents?”
My May blog writer is Kirsti Savikko, my sister, Headteacher in Kähäri school,Turku, Finland.
Ten parental school rules!
- You are your child’s best and only parents.
Please, do your tasks as an adult in the family the best way you can. Always reaching for the truth and justice. And I am your child’s teacher – an expert in education who just wants to see your child to be the most capable person and adult he/she can be. I will do my tasks the best way I can. If you disagree with me – please say it to me not to your child.
- Don’t believe everything your child tells you about school!
Or what other students have done! What the teacher did or didn’t do. So I promise I don’t believe everything she/he tells me about happenings at your home!
- Treasure you free time!
Spend your weekends with your family. Make sure that during the weekend you have a special moment(s) where your child is in the main role. She/he needs it and so do you.
- Respect your child – so she/he also learns to respect other people – and you.
It’s a habit that sadly has been forgotten by many people. Make sure you are easy to respect.
- Don’t underestimate your child’s creativity
It may not always look as art for you but to your child it’s something special and unique. Even if it’s a painting on the wall or cutting her/his hair in a new way.
- If you have to get a divorce, please make sure your child is 100% sure that it’s not her/his fault! In your own agony it’s easy to forget this. And also blame your husband/wife to your friends/enemies/relatives/neighbors only – your child deserves both parents.
- Don’t steal your child’s childhood.
It’s a one time off. She/he will never get another chance to be a child anymore. Don’t burden your child with your troubles. But be honest and only tell what she/he needs to know – and reassure you will take care of it.
- Don’t lie.
I assume you don’t want your child to lie to you? It goes vice versa. You don’t always have to tell the whole truth but don’t mislead your children. If you have promised something just do it.
- You don’t have to keep up with the Jones’s
You don’t have to buy everything your child asks for – even if everyone else in the class has them. Teach her/him the laws of sustainable development. Difficult word, but easy for you to follow.
10. The grass seldom is greener on the other side.
Don’t break families – if by any means you can avoid it. Who wins? How many loses? Is it really worth it? And yes, there are situations that the grass really is greener – then make sure everyone wins!