Does your child speak up for herself?
Does she express her wants and needs to the adults in her life? Think about the vital life skill of self-advocacy and how your child works it. How would she self-advocate at school?
In this time of bursting class sizes in our public school system, we need to ensure our kids don’t fall through the cracks, going unnoticed. We have to draw out their “voice” and nurture their confidence when speaking to teachers. We must encourage them to speak up about their wants, needs, concerns, and weaknesses.
A million different things can complicate a child’s day at school: a distracting neighbour during seat work, difficulty understanding a math lesson, not enough time to complete an assignment, or being overlooked for a leadership opportunity. If a child has the confidence to share his concerns, then his teacher will take note, and your child’s outcome may be better.
How can you help nurture your child’s “voice”, and help him develop self-advocacy skills? Try some of these ideas:
In my life, I’ve heard the expressions “the squeaky wheel gets the oil,” and “if you don’t ask, you don’t get,” a million times. It’s important to impart the wisdom behind these phrases to our kids so they will stand out in a teacher’s busy day — so their wants and needs are appreciated at school — and in life.