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I fully expected that when the meeting ended a number of parents would leave and we would be left with about half of the group for the article discussion. I would have been very happy with this turnout for our first one. But, to my surprise almost no one got up to leave when we said we were going to hold our discussion. This was encouraging!
|Dr. Robert Brooks (bio)|
Join the PTO at our next PTO meeting where we will discuss PTO business followed by a more detailed discussion and study of an article by Dr. Robert Brooks, entitled: Mistakes: What Parents Can do to Help Their Children be Less Fearful about Mistakes and Setbacks, http://www.education.com/reference/article/mistakes-parents-do-help-their-children/.Take a few minutes to read the article and come ready to share and learn as members from the BT community explore this topic in greater detail.I began the discussion by explaining that we all have success stories and not-so-successful stories about our parenting skills and practices. The discussion was designed to draw upon the cumulative knowledge of the group while using Dr. Brooks' article as a guide for the conversation.
I must say that I was very nervous when I threw out the first topic and no one said anything. Who could blame them. With thirty parents in the room, who was going to be the first person to share a potentially embarrassing comment about how they handle mistakes and what they model for their children? So, I started and as I talked what began to happen was a gradual increase in the comfort level in the group.
More than the learning that we gained from the discussion of the article, I was most proud of the way this group of parents (many of whom did not know one another) came together to talk as a community about raising our children. Fears were shared, hopes were shared, tips were shared, pitfalls were shared; but, most of all a connection was shared. None of us have all of the answers, but together we can help and support one another. This fits in very well with our school theme, which is: Better Together.
I know that this is not ground breaking in any way; however, I feel as though it was wall-breaking in some ways. Parents opened up with one another, they got to see the parenting side of their principal (for good, bad, or indifferent), and we learned a thing or two about making mistakes.
Hopefully we are making strides in the direction I mentioned in my previous post:
"I want Bear Tavern to be the center of learning for the whole community."
I can't wait for our next discussion!