Parenting: it’s the hardest work you’ll ever do — and the most important. For as go our children in their upbringing and development, so goes the very near future of our society; for us locally, that means the well-being of the city of Indianapolis. On a larger scale, we are part of the world economy. We need well-educated, well-rounded young people to inherit the reins from their elders and become positive contributors to society and to participate competitively and successfully in the global community. To get them there requires effective parenting; it can’t be done without you.
Love is, of course, central to parenting. But no matter what age, children present issues that require thoughtfulness, concern, and care when addressing them. To be a good parent, you need the best tools at your disposal. You need to learn how to parent well.
There are countless books written on the subject of parenting. But no matter what you read, you will never get it right 100 percent of the time. Yet if you are loving, firm, instructive, reflective, and always working toward both you and your children learning from mistakes, you can be sure you are indeed on the right track.
As educators, we recognize the degree of difficulty and challenges involved in raising children today. Moreover, we know what’s required of parents in partnering with schools to ensure children reach their academic potential. For this partnership to be successful in your children’s best interests, a mutual sense of trust in and respect for educators should be displayed to children at all times. This is the essential foundation for ongoing school-based constructive dialogue in support of your children’s development into upstanding young adults.
We deeply appreciate and honor your role as the most important people in your child’s life. Thank you for partnering with us in meeting your child’s educational needs.
Should you ever have questions about your child/children’s development, feel free to contact our school counselors:
ICS Social Worker Ashley Cook, (317) 357-3770 x4115
ICES Counselor Kristen Evans, (317) 357-5359 x3112
ICMS Student Services Representative Deirdre Smith, (317) 357-3850 x2109
IPA Counselor Stephanie Brinsley, (317) 357-3770 x4108
As well, Nicole Ryan, MSW, Community Health Network School-Based Therapist, can be reached at (317) 357-3770 x1145