Another school year is at hand. The school buses are rumbling through our neighborhoods, our children’s notebooks are brand-new and empty. A new year of learning, of growing, of striving, struggling, succeeding.
Welcome to the Parents of Valor blog at Parent to Parent! I’d like to introduce myself and this feature to you, and I’d like to ask you a favor as well…
My name is Michele Lang Palter. I am the mother of three boys, a writer by trade, and proud to be a day school parent. But before I go on, I have a guilty confession to make. I am proud to be a day school parent, but sometimes I suffer from impostor syndrome.
That is, more often than not, I feel like I don’t know how to do “day school mom” right. I don’t know how to speak Hebrew. I am still learning about our rich, complex heritage, and I am learning how to balance my lack of knowledge with my boys’ questions and educational journey
It’s humbling and inspiring all at once. My greatest inspirations, of course, are my own children. I am amazed at all they learn, not just about math, reading, or even Hebrew, but about how to do the right thing, to be part of a larger community, to be brave and honest and true to their better natures.
But right behind them, just as great an inspiration, are the parents I meet, at PA meetings, in the parking lot, after school, during sports events. I am blown away by the generosity, creativity, tireless contributions, and great-heartedness of the parents at my kids’ schools. Some of them work outside the home, some work at charitable and volunteer pursuits. Some parents do great and mighty deeds, some do quiet ones. All of them, inspiring.
Without the efforts of day school parents, my boys’ education would still be excellent. But the teachers, administrators and parents in our community bring the lessons of day school education brilliantly to life.
This column will feature Parents of Valor who make the world around them a better place. I have the happy job of finding them, telling you about them, and collecting online information and resources so that we can draw on their example when we turn to our own schools and communities.
Here is where I ask you my favor. If you know of a mom or a dad who has created a wonderful program, inspired you with their kindness and generosity, or helped make your school a better place in any way, please tell me about it! My goal is to celebrate the contributions of our fellow parents, and make this page a resource for people who are looking for innovations, creative ideas, or simply an uplifting tale of parents making a difference in kids’ lives.
Please share in comments, or email me at email@example.com with your thoughts and suggestions.
Thanks for all that you do, fellow parents!