There are two WONDERFUL reasons that today is special!

First, today is my daughter Shelby’s birthday!  She is turning 13!  I can’t believe how time has flown by!  She has grown up so fast and I am super proud of her for tackling things that no one else in the family would dare to try (like play the trombone!)! Shelby rocks!

The second thing that makes this a special day is that early this morning at 3:35 a.m. my first grandchild was born!  My daughter Coral and her fiance’ Tyler welcomed their son, Tristan, into this big wide world!  This is SO exciting for us!  He is just precious!  Although they were hoping to get a 12-12-12 baby, he is lucky enough to get to share his birthday with his Aunt Shelby!

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For those of you who don’t know, my son Ben is Autistic.  He is a “special needs” child.  He has been in therapy and special schools since he was three.  It is my job to make sure that he gets all the services he is entitled to and that the specialists who are supposed to be helping him do what they are supposed to be doing for him.

Since the beginning of this journey, I have always been hands on at his school.  I never just assummed the staff was doing their job and that I did not need to follow thru or support them.  It amazed me then and still amazes me now that so many parents just don’t get involved at their childrens schools.  Especially since these are the parents of special needs children.  To me this just ups the importance.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I know that there are many families where both parents work and also many families with single parents doing their best for their children.  The truth is that when the teachers send home a notice about a parent teacher meeting and then the parents don’t show up, they just assume you are not that interested in your child’s education. I have heard this first-hand from many teachers.

I am not talking about going full out PTA parent or anything.  I am simply talking about showing up for parent teacher conferences and volunteering a few hours during the school year.  Kids LOVE to see their parents on their school campus!  They just get such a thrill to know you are there too (even if you are not in the same room).  Email the teachers when you have a comment, question or concern.  Ask the teacher if there are any items you can contribute to the classroom (kleenex, snacks, juice, whatever they need).  Let them know you are an active and involved parent!

As much as it is the responsibility of the teachers to help your child learn, it is your responsibility to make sure that they are able to help your child in the best way possible!  Your input is INVALUBLE 😀

 

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