We’ve reached a new milestone in our parenting career. Our firstborn started Grade 1 last week. How scary is that? Not only for him but for us too. Even though we’ve been through it many, many moons ago, it’s still scary to have to help your child through his first year of school. Especially since the syllabus has changed some and we have no clue what is what anymore. Scary for him because it’s something new and he has no idea what to expect. We have to help him learn, we have to help the teachers, we have to prepare him, have a plan in place for when things go wrong and protect his future. This is our duty.
As a parent, I want to ensure we start with good habits early on. That means being involved in his schooling, helping with homework, going to parent/teacher meetings, supporting him on the sports field. I know of so many parents that just send their kids to school and then they become the teacher’s problem. We need to be more involved in our children’s lives, in their school careers, if we want them to succeed.
I remember how disappointed I always was when I received diplomas at school and didn’t see my dad’s face in the crowd. Or how much I appreciated my mom struggling to help me with my homework. I vowed that I would drag Mark by the hair to every concert, sport event, diploma ceremony, ballet recital if he was ever reluctant to go.
I am dreading the day Matthew comes home with homework. Dreading it and looking forward to it. I’m sure I’m going to struggle with helping him. I’m sure he’s going to be teaching me more than I will be able to help him. But I’m also sure, he will look back at this time years from now and know that I was there. I have worksheets and resources saved to help me help him. I have some savings put aside for when I am unable to help him any longer and he needs a tutor. I am planning to take out an education policy for him (late I know) and his siblings so that there will always be funds available for the rest of their school careers. As parents, we need to secure a future for our children by ensuring that the kind of education they want (university, college, overseas studies) will be available to them, even if we’re no longer here. Liberty can help.
I want to be there for my children. I want them to know that they can count on me to be there for them. I want to ensure that their futures are secured. I want to be involved.
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