This year, we at Randolph are excited to begin the school year with a parent presentation from Dr. Tim Elmore, a noted author and speaker committed to helping children grow and develop as leaders and successful adults.
The start of a new school year seems to be a special time in most people’s lives; certainly students, parents and teachers feel the excitement that a new year holds. In my experience, even those who are long removed from being directly affected by the first-day anticipation are still invested emotionally in the beginning of a school year. The air is ripe with possibility, new beginnings, and potential.
As all who invest in the lives of children can attest, the opportunity to help children grow and develop into adults who will use their unique abilities to make a difference is an exciting one. It was from this belief that Randolph’s PARENTS+ program was born. The events hosted through this program are designed to strengthen the partnership between parents and the School for the benefit of our students.
Dr. Elmore will be on campus during our fall inservice, speaking with faculty and coaches, and we are so pleased to be able to offer parents the chance to hear him speak on the evening of Thursday, August 7, 6:30 PM, in the Thurber Arts Center on the Garth Campus. This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Elmore is the Founder and President of Growing Leaders, a non-profit organization created to develop emerging leaders. He and his team work with high school and college students on thousands of campuses across the U.S.and around the world to think and act like authentic leaders. From the classroom to the athletic field, they have offered guidance and created courses to strengthen leadership among students. He has written more than 25 books, including the best-selling Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future, Habitudes®: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, Life Giving Mentors, and Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child, and Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults.
Dr. Elmore's presentation on August 7 will be based on his latest book, Twelve Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid: Leading Your Kids to Succeed in Life. He will talk specifically about our new generation and how parents struggle to best prepare them to thrive in this new and rapidly changing landscape. At a previous PARENTS+ session, Eric Hartman, Dean of Students at Sewanee, noted that today's college students are better prepared than ever academically, yet socially and emotionally they lag far behind their predecessors. Dr. Elmore will address this paradox.
In Dr. Elmore’s work with thousands of parents around the nation, he has noticed a pattern in how we treat our children: Quite frequently, we make the following mistakes:
- We won’t let them fail.
- We remove the consequences.
- We give them what they should earn.
- We praise the wrong things.
- We prepare the path for the child, rather than the child for the path.
Dr. Elmore will provide practical and effective insights designed to help us:
- Lead kids to succeed before and after graduation.
- Build resiliency, resolve, purpose, and satisfaction in children.
- Prepare kids to become adults who can care for themselves.
- Identify and nurture a young person’s full potential.
We are in this together as educators and parents. We want our children to reach their full potential. This session will challenge us to take a hard look at the realities of the world our children are growing up in and offer a game plan for helping them achieve great success. We hope you’ll join us for "Twelve Huge Mistakes Parents Can Avoid" with Tim Elmore, Thursday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m., Thurber Arts Center Auditorium.
If you are interested in attending Dr. Elmore's talk, please register here.