Back to school season is upon us!
I have reached a new milestone in parenting this week. My daughter started preschool!! I have been so busy with getting our new house in order and going back to work that I haven’t really stopped to reflect on how HUGE this is. She’s attending an all-day program, four days a week, and so far she’s loving it! We’re only on day three, but so far so good.
I’m excited for all of the skills she will learn and the friends she will make. Yesterday she ran up to me at pick up with a huge smile, exclaiming “I had so much fun!!”
Wouldn’t it be great if her whole school career could go like that? If she could keep such a positive and wonder-filled attitude about school? Unfortunately, I’m sure that won’t be the case. She’ll have rough days. Hard seasons. Difficult teachers. Bouts of apathy and doubt. Being a high school teacher, I am all too familiar with the teenage angst and apathy that seems to affect even the most well-adjusted of kids at some point or another.
“I don’t know what I’m doing.”
Every parent has that thought at some point or another, right? Weekly, daily, hourly? Yep. Now that I am the parent of a preschooler, I feel like my whole role as a parent has shifted in a way, and I’m realizing that this will be the case with every new milestone we hit. The first day of kindergarten, the first day as a middle schooler, a high schooler, a college student… Every new opportunity is a new chance for me to learn a new role.
It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time.
Sometimes I feel lucky to be parenting in the age of Pinterest and Google and Youtube. I can be assured that I’m not the only one with a certain problem. I can read blogs and watch videos about other parents’ struggles. Of course, there’s a flip side to that too…when all you see is Pinterest-perfect ideas, it can start to feel lonely over here for us non-perfect parents.
It’s hard to filter out the perfectionism and understand who has the right advice. And to be honest, so far my conclusion is that no one really knows what they’re doing: parenting is all about a solid mix of intuition, knowledge, and mess. The ratios vary wildly by day, at least for me.
A little help from the experts.
Earlier this summer, I learned of a cool event called the 2018 Back to School Summit, and I am honored to say I was selected to be a guest speaker for this event. What?! I know, right? Being a guest speaker for something is pretty far out of my comfort zone, but I am pumped for the opportunity to share.
What is the Back to School Summit?
For 4 WHOLE days, you will have video lessons with over a dozen expert educators who have tons of valuable advice to share with you all about getting your child or teen to start the school year off on the right foot.
We’re going to be talking all about how parents can help their child or teen start the school year off on the right foot. Some topics include:
- Supporting your child’s inner genius
- The importance of study skills
- Tips to foster the love of reading
- From overwhelmed to excelled,
- How teens should communicate with teachers
- and much, MUCH more!
We’re also featuring expert educators, including teachers, tutors, school counselors, academic advisors, and more! I’m really excited to see what the other experts have to share, because let’s be honest: I have no idea how to parent a child through her school years!
How do I “attend” the Summit?
The 2018 Back to School Summit is a FREE, VIRTUAL online conference! You don’t have to travel – we bring the interviews to you. They’ll be broadcast over the web, so you can watch from the comfort of home.
What’s more? It’s FREE. Yes, really! You can watch every speaker’s interview for 24 hours after it goes live. See the agenda here!
So what are you waiting for? Join me and a dozen other experts at the 2018 Back to School Summit.
Comment below to let me know you’ve signed up! I’d love to hear your feedback about the event 🙂