Dr Deborah M Vereen
As a mom, former family and consumer sciences teacher, and school administrator, I write about parenting, family, and education topics. Visit www.Drdeborahmvereen.com to view my work as a family engagement influencer & my YouTube channel!
A Glimpse at Family Engagement in Education
Family engagement is a critical issue in education today. It refers to the mutual dedication, cooperation, and support that educators, parents, and other caregivers share as students are being educated. Whether the school is a traditional public, charter, faith-based, private, cyber, or independent facility, parents and educators must be determined to work together as a team to support the growth and development of children and youth.
Sometimes Educators See What Parents Don't See
No matter how involved parents are in the lives of their children, sometimes they are unaware of things that go on in their child’s lives. Because teachers and other school officials work with them for extended periods and nearby, they observe things through their lens.
Words of Empowerment for Parents
Introduction Sometimes it is necessary to clear our homes to get rid of things that clutter our living space. As I did just that, I found a copy of a brief presentation that I made to a group of mothers in October 2017. I realize that what I rediscovered was not clutter but words of encouragement to parents with school-aged parents. So, I share these words of reflection with you.
Celebrate the Joy of Parenting
Introduction Life is filled with bad news these days. And the news is devastating and it’s depressing. Anxiety and fear fill the minds of humanity. Conflict at every level continues to breed mistrust.
When Grandparents Become Parents Again
Many grandparents have become the transformative face of parenting these days. A lot of mature adults have worked very hard to make beautiful sacrifices as their families grew and were launched into the world. Now the independence they anticipated for years becomes repurposed into another generation of parenting.
My Extended Family Was Once Large
Two of my first cousins passed away in sixteen days. They were sisters and were very close to one another. One of these cousins recently retired from the teaching profession and looked forward to a life of enjoyment after 30 years of service in the field of education. The other enjoyed being a mother and took pride in her adult children. Perhaps the second sister who was left behind died of a broken heart. I guess no family member will ever know.
A Natural Place for Mature Adults to Find A Partner
This story is based on my experiences and observations as a middle-aged single woman who retired from a traditional profession early. It also includes my knowledge of happy couples who met in this non-traditional spot.
School Is Overwhelming for Grandparents Who Become Parents Again
Grandparents become the parents of their grandchildren for a variety of reasons. Here is why they typically replace their adult children as parents: