Mentoring for Parents
Parents, as primary educators of their children need all possible support from the school.
That is what they get at Wood Rose.
At Wood Rose Academy, we believe that parents are the primary educators of their children.
The education of a person is not simply or exclusively the teaching of a series of facts and numbers—that’s only a limited part of what an education entails. The education of a person in its deepest sense is how they know themselves and the world around them, how they grow in virtue and how they, ultimately, reach their full potential.
In the full sense of the word education, it is obvious that the role of parents is crucial, and the role of the mentor although important, only secondary.
The mentor’s secondary role complements the parents’ own because the mentor gets to know their kids in a different context: the school environment. There the mentors sees their mentees interact with their peers and with their teachers. He will see the student in class and on the playing fields.
The mentor also will have regular conversations with the mentee. These conversations give the mentor a great opportunity to know the advisee well. “What are their talents? What are their shortcomings? What motivates them and discourages them? How do they relate
with their parents and siblings?”
It is the partnership between the mentor and the parents that makes the mentoring program successful. The mentees should be able to recognize that the message they hear at home is similar to the one they hear from their mentor. The parents and the mentor work in a partnership for the good.
The purpose of the mentor/parent conference is to unite the efforts of the parents and the School in forming the mentee. The conference seeks to put parents and mentor “on the same page” regarding the academic and personal development of the mentee. It’s a friendly conversation in which parents and mentor, who mutually want what’s best for the students, to find ways to help them reach their potential.