To the parents of the kids who don’t struggle in school …

As I’m scrolling down my Facebook timeline, I see your photos. I feel your pride. And I’m a little bit jealous ….just a little

“Johnny is in ALL honors classes this year!” 

“Sally made the BETA Club!” 

And the comments roll in under:

“Of course! I knew she would! YOU are a GREAT Mom!” 

To the parents of the kids who don't struggle in school ... (2)

Don’t get me wrong, my kids definitely aren’t failing school or anything. But my oldest has severe dyslexia and my youngest has auditory processing disorder.

Honors classes? Let me tell you the HOURS we put in just to make it to regular classes! I mean ….the fact my oldest only has one resource class (English Language Arts) is HUGE.

But will I put that on Facebook? No. No, I won’t. But I will tell you I swelled with the same pride when I only saw the one modified course, all others smack dab good ole average gen-ed. It’s been a lot of work.

My kids are both smart. They have to be to compensate in an academic world that thrives in printed words. It’s like going to school in a land with a foreign language. Reading just isn’t their medium. But they overcome that challenge every single day.

So, I’m not writing this to get you to stop posting your photos. You should be PROUD of your kids too!

But will you do something for me? 

Talk to your kids.

To the parents of the kids who don't struggle in school ... (3)

Talk to your kids who don’t struggle about kids who DO struggle. Explain that some kids won’t read so well, but it does NOT mean that kid isn’t smart. It just means reading is one area that is hard just like XYZ may be hard for said child.

And don’t just stop there! Talk to your kids about “socially awkward” kids, and kids in wheelchairs, and kids who have holes in their tennis shoes. Talk to them about kids who can’t catch a ball or trip over their own two feet.

Talk to them about kids who are different. 

Different is not less. And by embracing the diversity of all aspects of the human race, we will help to create a kinder and thus better generation.

#ChooseKind 

Book ideas to read with your child: 
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
And a classic that is definitely about seeing the good in others even when society tells you not to: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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