Amcal – Brave families
By Julie Wu mtltimes.ca
What do you do when your school-age child is struggling at school? Over the past several months, a number of parents and families have shared their stories of difficult choices with me and I am amazed everytime by their bravery.
It can’t be easy when you’re six or seven year old (or any age) is having trouble keeping up in class whether it’s reading or recognizing words which is one of the major milestones of grade 1. Do you ignore it or start looking at outside resources or what? I can’t begin to imagine the strain one would have or the struggle a child would experience going to school everyday and having a hard time followingin class. Then there’s the big question of what could it be? Is it something temporary or a sign of something more serious? Do you ask for help and which route do you go? Is it bad parenting or over protective parenting? Educators, healthcare specialists and many other resources are available and talking with other parents and people around you might just point you in the right direction.
Among the many stories that I have heard was one where a group of random people at an event and as women and mothers, we often end up talking about our children. This one mother in particular was going through a difficult situation with her child and school. After over an hour of talking, she walked out of the event having shared her story with several others who had similar experiences, a few phone numbers of resources that could help and a huge weight off her shoulders.
The common thread among all the personal stories that I have witnessed are from families who have searched high and low for tools and solutions to help their child succeed and be happy. They have spent countless hours researching and talking to experts, other parents and educators and many more. Above all, the courage is in the talking. Having a learning disability, dyslexia, behavioral issues or just needing an extra bit of support isn’t and shouldn’t be hidden or embarrassing. When parents take the steps needed, they show their child how to be brave and they can then be the ones who are brave. Afterall, the child is the one leaving their friends,changingschools, leaving class for extra support or going for extra help outside of school. There is no right answer except “not to give up”. The only result we can hope for our children is that they will grow and thrive and our families will happy.
AMCAL Family Services is a non-profit community-based organization committed to promoting and preserving healthy family relationships. AMCAL offers the Families First Program for low-income, at-risk families and helping children at school and at home. For more information, visit www.amcal.ca / www.facebook.com/pages/Amcal-Family-Services/447728715283979 /(514) 694-3161.