I am no expert, but I know what I like and what I don’t like.
I know that what I do best is work with children and parents who have issues, not against them.
But I can’t help thinking that sometimes the best way to be a good parent is to learn from the worst of it.
When I saw how well a small class of high schoolers were doing on the “Gangnam Style” quiz, I decided to get behind them.
So, I put together a team of three high school students and a teacher to teach them how to win.
We worked together to devise strategies that would make it easy for students to understand what they were supposed to do, like playing on a computer instead of their desks.
They were also given a set of instructions on how to perform an obstacle course that required them to walk along a track.
My students learned to use the same tricks to win a race, but now they were learning to walk on a stage instead of just a carpet.
We taught them to read a scorecard so they could see what the teachers scores were.
When they were finished with the race, they had to show me their winning scorecard, and if they had made it, they could earn a cash prize.
We also taught them how they could get help if they needed it.
I thought about what I would say to them when they were in school.
Would I make them feel like I was proud of them?
Or would I say I wasn’t sure I wanted them to be good parents?
I think I did the best job I could, and I’m glad I did.