Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers. Mahatma Gandhi
I found this wonderful quote yesterday, and it has really stuck with me. In just 11 words, Mahatma Gandhi was able to summarize the importance of parent engagement. Parents are the first teachers children have. While some parents are naturally talented and blessed with the ability to just “know” how to communicate and play with their children, there are other parents who need assistance, guidance and resources. I will be the first to admit that I don’t have all the answers…no one does! However, my education and professional background paired with currently raising 2 daughters under the age of 3 has given me some insight that might be helpful to others.
Curious about my background? Here are the highlights:
- BS in Early Childhood Education
- M.Ed. in Communications Sciences & Disorders with a focus in Education for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
- LSLS Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist (Cert. AVT for short)
- I have been involved in education as a teacher, AVT therapist and early interventionist for over 13 years.
- I’ve been married for 11 years, and we have 2 precious daughters. The oldest turned 2 in February, and our youngest will be 10 months old tomorrow (how is that possible?!?!)
Over the past 10 years, I have taught various parent education classes. I always did my best, but I noticed a BIG change when I became a parent. I can remember getting ready for a parent education class the night before it was scheduled. I had taught the same topic to a different set of parents a few years prior so I was just going to look at my powerpoint to refresh my memory and go to bed. WRONG!!! A few thoughts that I had were…”What were you thinking?!” “That’s way too techinical.” “Why didn’t I take a video of D (my oldest) playing with blocks so that I could show them what I meant by that?” I was up until midnight that night making it more “parent-friendly” and less “teacher-ish”. Being a parent really changed the way that I taught the parent education classes and how I interacted and engaged with the parents of the children I taught.
I hope that by sharing some of my experiences and knowledge, I can help other parents, teachers, therapists, etc. There are so many teachable moments that happen naturally every day! My goal is to highlight one of these moments each day in this blog. I’m looking forward to exploring parent education in this new way. 🙂 Melissa