If you are the parent of a special needs child, you have (or will soon) run across an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Continue reading “The Importance of the Individual Education Plan”
This article originally appeared in The Good Men Project on July 7, 2017.
Parent Involvement can Maximize any Child’s Potential
Recently, my wife and I were invited to speak at a Family Retreat Weekend in Austin, Texas that was sponsored by the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD). Continue reading “Four Important Considerations for Educating Children With Special Needs”
This article originally appeared in the HuffPost on June 29, 2017.
My family and I just returned from a two-week whirlwind tour of five colleges across four states. My oldest daughter Julia will be a high school senior in the fall so we used part of our summer vacation to visit the colleges that she is most interested in. Continue reading “Three Keys to Preparing a Child for College”
As a man, especially a black man, I am programmed to be the hunter and gatherer for my family. This means that my traditional role would be to work and to bring home the “bacon” for my family. For the majority of my life, I did just that. I had a successful career in management and, together with my wife, provided a very comfortable lifestyle for our family. However, success comes with a cost. Continue reading “Three Keys to Parent Leadership”
This article originally appeared in The Good Men Project on May 16, 2017.
I recently had a conversation with someone and the subject naturally turned to our children. When I said that I had one child with special needs and two other children, whom we adopted from another country, who needed extra time and attention to catch up on basic educational skills, his first words were “I feel so sorry for you.” Why I said. “Because of your poor luck,” he replied. I told him the same thing that I am telling you. Don’t feel sorry for me, my kids are doing just fine. Continue reading “Don’t Feel Sorry for Me”
I recently read an article titled “I Didn’t Want To Be A Mom, But I Had Kids Anyway” about a mom who initially was hesitant about becoming a parent but after having difficulty conceiving, going through postpartum depression, and the normal trials of motherhood, now has a level of love for her children that she didn’t think was possible. How did she get to that point? Simply, she answered the call. Continue reading “A Lesson in Parent Leadership: Answering the Call”
Today is a new day. I am re-launching the Jim Kennedy Leadership Cafe. Over the past year, I have written here and elsewhere about how my role as a parent has shaped my leadership philosophy. The response that I received was nice but it was clear that people wanted to know more about my role as a parent. Specifically, readers wanted to know about my life as a special needs Dad. My goal is to serve you the reader so if that is what you want, then that is what you will get. I am honored to serve you. Continue reading “Welcome to the New Cafe”
Four benefits of being actively involved in your child’s education.
This article was originally published in The Good Men Project on April 29, 2017.
I have always been involved in my children’s education. Frankly, I don’t know any other way. Growing up, my parents always stressed the value of an education and were always active in my schools. Because of work responsibilities, they may not have been the class parent, but they made sure that they kept in contact with my teachers to make sure that I was always doing my “job.” To them, a good education was the key to a better life. At the time, I thought my parents were overbearing and like most children, sometimes I would rebel. Later, after finishing college and beginning a career of my own, I saw the wisdom of their words. As a black man, I would have few career options without an education. My education allowed me to have career choices that have had a huge impact on my economic well-being. Continue reading “Fathers are Critical to a Child’s Education”