Parent Education Workshops Continue on ZOOM
Our first Parent Education workshop in the series of the year looked a little different, but the content was equally impactful. Organized and facilitated by High School history teacher Will Hornblower, Parent Education Workshops have been an incredible resource, and have recently been made available to the greater community. Oak Grove’s Parent Education Workshops honor an important aspect of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s philosophy around education, the idea that parents, teachers and students are continually learning from each other. As we adjust to the current circumstances, we are offering all workshops over Zoom, and are scheduling each workshop twice, to encourage attendance.
During this week’s Parent Ed Workshop, parents were both excited to say hello to each other, and dive into the subject at hand. This first workshop focused on parent summer reading, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, by Jessica Lahey. Parents who attended commented that hearing others share stories of their challenges in allowing children to move through difficult situations was reassuring! The author states, “Yes, it is hard to watch our kids be in pain, and be uncomfortable, and struggle with frustration, but it’s really important to give them the space to work through it a little bit themselves before we step in and help” Learning alongside other parents, in community ,allows each of us to see our own parenting journey with compassion and clarity. As a parent myself, I am definitely grateful.
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Be sure to check out this book, and future Parent Education workshops! For those who would prefer shorter options by the same author, here are some suggestions:
- The Atlantic: Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail
- PBS Parents: How to Help With Homework Without Hovering
- NPR: The ‘Overparenting’ Crisis In School and at Home
- PBS Parents: The Importance of Household Chores
- Your Teen: The College Application: It’s Your Teenager’s Journey, Not Yours