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The Grade School Years Aren't a Cakewalk for Every Parent

Monday, May 10, 2004
I've been thinking a lot lately about the concerns faced by grade schoolers and their parents -- mainly because I was asked to speak at a Middle Years Conference in Toronto on Friday, but also because a lot of grade-school issues seem to be showing up on my radar screen these days. When I did a mall event in Mississauga on Friday night, for example, it was parents of grade-schoolers -- not parents of babies and toddlers -- who seemed to be facing the biggest struggles with their kids.

I think we do a great job of heaping tons of support on new parents -- and of acknowledging that parents of teens don't exactly have it easy (how's that for an understatement?) -- but is it possible that we sometimes forget that the grade school years aren't necessarily a cakewalk for every parent? If your gradeschooler is struggling academically, acting out in class, wrestling with attention deficit disorder, bullying or being bullied by other kids, or all of the above, you may be wondering why other parents seem to be coasting through stage of parenthood when it's a constant struggle for you -- something that can leave you feeling really bad about yourself and your kid. Something to think about on the day after Mother's Day....

| posted by Ann D @ 1:16 PM