Parent Leadership

What is Parent leadership?

par 120x100Parent Leadership is about advocacy, about being a good role model and about effecting change that impacts families.

“Little a” advocacy are the day to day things parents do to ensure their children are treated fairly and receive good health care and a good education.

How can I go about being an Advocate for my Child?

  • Take care of yourself. Parenting can be challenging and so can life. Take time to breathe and relax, and have fun with your child.
  • Take time to build a relationship with your child care provider, your doctor, dentists and others who care for your child. Do not be afraid to ask questions that will increase your understanding about your child’s development.
  • Read materials or ask a professional about your child’s development. This way, you can learn what questions to ask and be sure you are meeting your child’s needs.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for guidance. At some time or another all of us have needed help with parenting.
  • Remember you know your child better than anyone. If you feel there is a need not being met, be sure to talk to someone.
  • Know your resources so that if you or another parent needs it, you know how to access help.

“Big A” advocacy is being a voice that affects policy at the local, state and federal level.

How is Big A advocacy achieved?

  • Start a parent group in your town. That group could choose a project or issue that would benefit families in their town and work to achieve their goals together. This could be as simple as getting together once a month to clean trash from the local park or as big as building a community playground.
  • Invite local representatives to your parent meetings to discuss your concerns or dreams. These folks are elected by you and need to hear from you in order to make good decisions.
  • Write letters to your local, state and national representatives about issues concerning families.
  • Contact the SMF coordinator to volunteer for a Statewide parent advocacy board.

A key result of parent leadership is that you can make change happen in your children’s lives through personal or community advocacy.

 

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