I hope you all had a wonderful week. Monday will be the last full day of classes for the Class of 2016. We met with the class this week to review the schedule and expectations. Seniors will receive their obligation sheet late next week and must have all signatures and obligations met in order to receive their gowns on Thursday, June 2nd.
Please be sure to check out the exam and Senior Week schedules on the AHS website. Let use know if you have any questions.
We will be sad to see them go but are so excited for the bright futures that lay ahead for this group of young adults.
Prom and Grand March photos from Grynn & Barrett are now available to view and order. To access the photos and further information, please visit the junior class website (Class of 2017) at https://sites.google.com/a/
I hope to see many of you at our upcoming Art Gala. The talent in this building is amazing!
How to Raise an Adult
Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean at Stanford University, wrote a book titled, “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Over-parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success”, after seeing many students enter college still very dependent on their parents to do everything from choosing college courses to doing laundry. She has seen parents touring graduate schools, serving as mouthpieces for their shy, passive children, and submitting résumés to potential employers, sometimes without their children’s knowledge. All of this hand-holding sends the message that our kids can’t do this without us. Let’s not have college deans telling these anecdotes about Ashland graduates!
Kids need to go forth independently without constant supervision. They need to try and even fail. And when they fail and look around for a parent to bail them out, they need to hear the words, “You must figure this out for yourself.” There are four steps to help children from preschool age on up learn everything from tying their shoes to doing laundry to mowing the lawn to talking to coaches or teachers about a problem:
First you do it for them,
Then you do it with them,
Then you watch them do it,
Then you let them do it on their own.
A friend who is a pediatrician says they do the same when training medical students: See a procedure, then assist one, do one, teach one. Makes so much sense. Choose a household chore and try it with your kids this weekend!
Please be sure to check out our Parent Flyers for information about events happening around town.
Have a wonderful weekend, here's hoping it's not too much of a wash out.