Grandparents continue to be a stabilizing force for married and single parent families in today’s society. Many of them provide physical, social, emotional, and intellectual care during difficult times. “Grandma” did not require a genetic connection, but was available to anyone whom heart was open and free. If she no longer lived next door, she remained a “dependable presence” whenever her assistant was needed. Straight talk was his/her form of communication, with love. Grandmothers had a special way of making you feel "the want to" in doing the right thing for student discipline. Many grandmothers and grandfathers held you accountable! In his / her own words, each of them would tell a misbehaving or discouraged grandchild, “Baby, you can do it!" "Give me a smile, now go down to that school and make grandma / grandpa proud!” What qualities do you feel that these grandparents possessed for successful students that many of our children are yearning for today?
I dare not mislead you to believe that this type of admirable behavior represents all grandparents from all families, but certainly it does support the gesture that “accountability” remains a valuable, lifelong characteristic that is most effective when it is consistent and age appropriate. Early intervention is key! Relationship [parent involvement] and discipline are like milk and cereal, bread and butter, peanut butter and jelly. Some time individuals (students) respond differently when they ….. Just believe that we care.
School Readiness for Parents & Children, K-12 An effective, easy to read and understand parent handbook that provide parents wisdom from the past and hope for our future. Students success!
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