“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
Empowering students to be accountable includes teaching them how to positively manage their feelings and behavior. In order to optimize education our first-best efforts will be in our own example of being responsible for how we act, no matter how we feel. Then we can help our children to gain these essential life-skills for themselves. For some of us, this may be the most challenging part of our work with our children. It will take consistent daily action, loving patience, and thoughtful attention, but will be well worth our effort over time. These growing-up lessons are at the heart of our parenting.
In our CGA Leadership program, one of our Guideposts teaches: “Own it! I am responsible for how I act, no matter how I feel.”
Student accountability is also a key part of our school mission statement: “We are an environmentally responsible and multi-sensory learning center that empowers students to be accountable for their education journey.”
We certainly don’t have all the answers, but we can help each other find the ideas and practices that can guide our children to navigate and live well as resilient, self-regulating, respectful, confident, and able individuals (no matter the circumstance, change, or challenge)