One of the cool things about this past week was connecting with families. I’ve only been doing the high school gig for a short time and connecting with parents is so much more difficult than when I was with 5th and 6th graders.
Parents seem to be set in their ways and don’t want to hear or experience help. Some also seem like their relationship with their children is beyond repair. But the community of parents is something that can’t be replicated.
So we have a few things we are gonna try this next year.
1. 4 shared services
We will have 4 intentional services that we will invite our parents to attend that will include a topic and discussion for parents and students.
2. Parent support group
We will be holding a parent support group on Sunday Nights alongside our services to help parents find a place to voice concerns and issues with others in the trenches with them.
It’s a risk for us to invest in parents while investing in their students because there are great volunteers that we will be giving up so that they can be invested in, but I believe investing in parents is investing in their students.
3. Social Media
XP3 includes a social media plan for the week that makes it really helpful to share content with parents. In addition, I’ve been researching some content creation methods on creating multiple pieces of content out of a large product launch. Every week, I have content that doesn’t make my talk but might be helpful for others. I can use this content on social media to help with parents every single week.
So I have no idea how to connect with parents in High School, but these are some things that we are gonna try.
What have you tried to support the parents of high school students? Any advice you’d share with fellow youth workers?
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