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At a Crossroads? Trust Your Parental Intuition!

Mother with son.Many of us just received report cards and progress reports informing us of our children’s performance in school. How did you feel about them? How did your child react to the results?

If the grades and remarks were less than favorable, now may be a good time to step back and ask yourself a few questions.

  • Is your child thriving and happy?
  • Do they look forward to going to school?
  • Are they engaged in their assignments and activities?

If not, take a moment to pause and reflect on whether your child’s learning environment is the right one for them. Maybe it’s time to try a different approach.

As there are so many different supportive, supplemental, and alternative options when it comes to education, you may find yourself at a crossroads; it can be overwhelming to find the best path for your child. How will you choose the right one?

In addition to the use of rational thinking and logic to solve this dilemma, it’s important not to ignore your intuition. Intuition, that feeling that comes from deep within, may show itself. For me it’s a sense, a gut feeling…a knowing. Some might say a hunch.

Regardless of how intuition presents itself to you, let yourself acknowledge it, trust it, and take advantage of it; you were given this tool in order to protect and guide your children. Following this feeling requires courage and trust because we live in a world that honors rational thinking and proven facts.

This path may not come with a secure vision of what the future looks like, but remember:  you know your child better than anyone, and no one will make a better decision than you.

As a parent (and now grandparent), I have learned to allow this higher level of wisdom to be a part of my problem solving process. As an educator it helps me guide our families toward the most fitting solution for their child, and I encourage parents to let their intuition into the process as well. I never dismiss good rational thought, I simply integrate all information I receive. I can honestly say the only decisions I’ve regretted are those in which I discounted that “intuitive knowing” deep inside myself.

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