Parent Advisory Council
Last night was magical.
It was a the official kickoff for the Parent Advisory Council, and it was one of my favorite nights of my life – for so many reasons. After two years of working to build the PAC and almost a decade of working in the community, it was so fun to finally celebrate how far we’ve come.
The room was packed full of parents that want to make a difference, whether it was just for their immediate family, for themselves, or reaching into the community. I heard stories that will change my life forever, and I left with an even bigger resolution to continue pushing forward and building parent leadership statewide, and beyond.
When I began my journey as a “Parent Leader” I had no idea what it meant, but I trusted the process of becoming. I trusted Barbara, my friend and mentor – and so I just started. I learned more and more every year, until the fire ignited inside of me and I wanted to spread the happiness and passion I had found. It’s hard to explain this concept to other parents when they start, because we are used to being told what to do. In most places we spend our time, other people are telling us what’s important and why. We are geared to always listen to what the “professionals” tell us about how to raises our own children. The PAC is not about that. It’s about listening to our inner voice and trusting it. The tools that professionals offer parents are amazing, and I have many close friends that come to this work from that perspective, it just needs to stay in proper balance.
Parenting is the most important job on the planet, and on this little blog of mine, I plan on sharing my thoughts. You are welcome to join in the conversation and let me know how you feel. I want to hear your views and of your love for family. Together we can learn from each other and find ways to lead.