Getting off to the best start

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.

– Malala Yousafzai

I think that schooling for young children—public or private or at home—is one of the most important social functions and teachers, including parents that teach, are one of the most important people. Not just because our future depends on how well we educate the next generation but because learning is such an enriching experience for the student.

I believe that most children have an inherent love for learning. It is sad and sometimes tragic when their ability to learn is inhibited or compromised. Yet with rare exception even the most challenging obstacles to learning can be treated and improved.

When I think back to when my five children were growing up I recognize how much more we know now and how much more we can do to help children facing challenges. At the same time I know how hard it is to take that first step, to recognize the challenge, and to take action and get help.

Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life.

– Anonymous

How do you even know? Perhaps the teacher sent home a behavior report. Maybe you’ve noticed more meltdowns when your child gets home from school. Or you know that your child is smarter than his or her grades indicate (and you’re not just being proud). But you’re just not sure and don’t want to make an issue if there isn’t one.

Instinct often goes a long way. I’ve found that nature has given parents implicit knowledge to sense when their child needs help.

Yet you might be a new parent or just uncertain or not sure that anything can help anyway.

That’s one of the reasons I offer a free telephone consultation (703-910-5006) where you can talk as long as you want to discuss what’s going on with your child, what it might mean, and how we (or someone else) might help.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

– Martin Luther King, Jr

– Richard Feingold, Co-founder