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    Deciding Which School

    By Susan M. Keenan     

    Should you let your children decide where they attend school? Obviously, pros and cons exist for both the parent and the child. This is a big decision. How do you go about making it?

    If your children have strong feelings about where they wish to go to school, then by all means, you should at the very least, discuss it with them. Perhaps one of the best ways to make the decision is to list each of the positive and negative aspects of selecting a particular school.

    Take several sheets of paper and divide them down the middle. Label each of the resulting columns with a heading indicating which type of aspects is going to be listed underneath that title.

    In fact, one of the best ways to make this decision is to have each person make a list of their own. Probably the best thing to do is to order each list of reasons in order of importance. If you arenít able to do this initially, simply rewrite your list entirely with the most important reasons listed at the top.

    Once the lists are finished, a comparison is in order. Switch your list with that of your child. Allow everyone to read through the lists completely before making any comments. Reading the lists individually allows you time to think about your reaction to specific comments rather than simply reacting to them.

    Consider your childís reasons carefully before discounting them. After all, your child is going to be spending a major portion of his or her day at the school. If your child has reservations about attending the school that you have selected, listen to the reasons that he puts forth. Are they valid? Will the choice of school really impact on his life in a major way?

    Have your child think about the reasons behind your decisions. Perhaps each of you will discover things that you hadnít thought about before now. A candid discussion of the reasons that each of you have listed can clear up any confusion. In fact, it might also bring up some fresh ideas and possible solutions to this dilemma.

    Obviously, if you have no real concern and you arenít leaning in one direction or the other, then you really have no need of this exercise. However, it canít hurt to look at the choices from all angles to make sure that the decision is a correct one.

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