Monday, October 21, 2013

Step 2 Advocating

Last Monday, we talked about prioritizing what to do if you find that your child isn't doing well at school. Now that a top priority has been selected, what’s next.  A couple directions could be pursued.  Lot’s of people lay plans that never get acted upon.  Sometimes plans get acted upon before the appropriate backdrop is set.  What I’m saying is there is no right answer to this question.  You, as the parents, have to determine what the correct way you should go.  This will take wisdom.

Let’s look at your personality.  Are you impulsive?  Do you tend to act before you think?  If the answers to these questions have your name written all over them, my suggestion is to plan a little more.  Come up with questions to ask any potential provider.  If you are uncomfortable with the provider, what will be your next step?  What are some other high priority things that you would like to address with your child?  If you are impulsive, you will act!  The action needs to be productive.  Well laid plans, may help you to do more than “making good time without going anywhere.”

If your personality is cautious, planning is not your problem.  You many plan for the next year but never make the first phone call or e-mail inquiry.  You may need to move!  You’ve identified the biggest need.  If you wait too long, nothing may happen.  Planning will happen naturally but action will be because you will to do it.  Put one foot in front of the other and start the process.  This may be scary.  You may make some mistakes in the process but you need to act now!  Don’t let fear or anxious thoughts paralyze you from taking this step.

The second step depends on each person.  The idea is do whatever is going to bring success.  It will take wisdom to know this but it will make all the difference in the world.