Everyone is posting about changes they are planning on making to their lives. I can’t scroll through social media without seeing a post about a person’s word for the year, filled with persistence, strive, balance, transformation, and growth, to name a few. As I was reading these, I thought about our mission and how a new year’s resolution could fit with it.
While New Year’s Resolutions are usually about changes one makes to their own lives, no rule says it can’t be making a change in your community. So I challenge you to look around you and take on that one issue that doesn’t sit right with you. What keeps you or your child from feeling safe AND included?
Do one small action to change it. It may be as simple as writing a letter or making a phone call. You may have to join a group to change policy or work with other parents to advocate for change. For instance, if your child’s teacher is teaching fractions or any other subject for that matter, and they use food to explain the concept, you don’t have to let these types of lessons go. In the past, like me, you have always let these types of lessons go and prepare your child for the exclusion or even kept them home altogether. This year, resolve to take a stand to keep your child safe AND included.
If you don’t know how to get started, we can help you make these changes in your schools and communities.