As my youngest child is completing her first year of high school I breathe a bit of a sigh of relief. Thankful for the reprieve of summer and the freedom it brings from the school system and all that it encompasses. Thankful that I developed the skills necessary to help my children navigate the hidden traps of the public school system, coming out the other side as empowered individuals.
Looking back to my introduction to parenting children within the public school system, I realize that I really couldn’t have understood what was to come as I sent my first born off to their first year in this system. We entered that phase of our lives with such excitement for the learning and growing that was to come. I couldn’t wait to see what my child would report at the end of a school day so that I could hear all about their amazing experiences throughout the day. I was excited to see what they would become passionate about, what subject would they fall in love with at school.