Supporting the parents
Parents are always surprised when they are told about the challenges they are facing in their everyday lives with their children. Before we started the meeting with them, they wanted to know more about us so that they can develop trust of who works with their children. You could see by the look in their eyes that they are wondering whether where we have been hiding to come with such an initiative, however, we told them about ourselves.
Just after we told them about ourselves, one parent gave us a story that she is dealing with:
“ in my neighbourhood there is this child of 11 years old, who has dropped out of school. He stays with his mother who recently divorced his father. The child immediately dropped in his school marks and finds it difficult to be in the environment surrounded by people. I have called this child one day and asked him what the problem was and what I could do to help him, because I really want him to go back to school and regain his normal behaviour”.
The question imposed by this parent to us was ‘HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED WITH THE CHILD’S EDUCATION, THE TEACHER AND THE PARENT?’
We told her that the first step would be to go to school and talk to the teacher, because obviously the parent does not know how to and is not willing to do anything to save this child. The second step would be the teacher calling the parent so that they can agree to get social workers and psychologist to counsel the child.
So we were very happy to listen to the story and giving guidance to the parent as she is the one who wants to make the difference on that child’s life, however, we also want to get involve to this child’s story and save him.
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