Parents play a vital role in the development and education of their children and in the success of schools.
Parents are the most important influence in a child's life outside of school. Long after direct learning from parents in a child's early years gives way to formal education, parents continue to play a key role in student success through the attitudes they help to shape and the direct supports they provide.
Research clearly indicates that good schools become better schools when there is a strong connection with parents as part of the learning community. The positive results of a genuine partnership between parents and schools include improved student achievement, reduced absenteeism, better behaviour, and restored confidence among parents in their children's schooling.
School Councils have a unique role to play in bringing parents and schools together in partnership. As parents and community members themselves, School Councils provide an important bridge between school staff, parents, Home and School Associations and other parent groups that may be active within the school community.
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2023 Parent Involvement Committee Virtual Event Series
The Lambton Kent District School Board's (LKDSB) Parent Involvement Committee is hosting a monthly virtual event series April to June for parents/guardians and community members featuring Ann Douglas, author of Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm.
The keynote addresses will explore parenting challenges and solutions to embrace the joy of parenting to help youth thrive; how parents/guardians can support adolescent mental health; and the advantages of taking a big picture approach to parenting.
The virtual events are open to all participants and no pre-registration is required. All events will be held at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. A link to join the event will be posted in advance.
Happy Parents, Happy Kids - April 13, 2023
Parenting doesn't happen in a bubble. As parents/guardians, we can't help but be affected by what's happening in the broader world. Is it any wonder that so many of us are feeling anxious, guilty, and overwhelmed? In this thought provoking presentation, keynote speaker Ann Douglas highlights the broader cultural forces that have made everything about parenting feel like it is incredibly high stakes. Through the discussion she will pivot to solutions, explaining how parents/guardians have the unique opportunity to serve as agents of change in their families and their communities. Her takeaway message is clear, powerful, and potentially life changing. You can tame the anxiety, embrace the joy, and thrive alongside your kids while building a better world.
To join please click - Happy Parents, Happy Kids
The Truth About Teens - May 10, 2023
This informative and encouraging presentation focuses on adolescent development (how understanding adolescent development can make you a better parent/guardian), and the job description for the role of teenager (the four “key developmental tasks" of adolescence). It explains why the teen years can be such a challenging time for both parents/guardians and teens alike – and how parents/guardians can respond that challenge in a way that strengthens, not weakens, their connection to their teen. It also discusses the important role that parents/guardians can play in supporting adolescent mental health throughout the teen years and beyond and what this means in practical terms (i.e., how parents/guardians can apply this information to their everyday lives, starting right now).
To join please click - The Truth About Teens
Big-Picture Parenting - June 5, 2023
In this thought-provoking presentation, parenting author Ann Douglas discusses the advantages of taking a big-picture approach to parenting (parenting with your hopes and dreams for your children and your family in mind). She will discuss the importance of tuning into your child's needs; being mindful of your parenting decisions; building relationships with other parents/guardians; and practicing self-care. Expect a compelling mix of practical advice and lively anecdotes from this popular and engaging speaker.
Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting and mental health. Her most recent books on parenting are Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm. A passionate and inspiring speaker, Ann delivers keynote addresses and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country.
To Join please click - Big-Picture Parenting
Please see the attached poster for more information.
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