How to “Be The Change”….and other things I learned at the Georgia PTA Convention!

DSC_4052This weekend, several Parkside Parents, along with hundreds of other parents, teachers, community leaders, business leaders, elected officials and educational advocates gathered for the 95th Annual Georgia PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Convention and Leadership Training.  Held at the Georgia Intl. Convention Center, workshops were held on Parental Involvement, Self Esteem, Creativity & the Arts, Discipline, Nutrition, Advocacy, Economics, Fundraising and Grant Writing just to name a few.  I’ve asked attendees to share with the membership, re-caps of their experiences this weekend.  This will be the first posting in a series entitled HOW TO “BE THE CHANGE” AND OTHER THINGS I LEARNED AT THE PTA CONVENTION.

Tammy Garnes
2009-2010 PTA President, Parkside Elementary School 

Session title: Building Self Esteem in Children

by Beth Shorthouse, 2009-2010 Parkside PTA Vice President of After School Care

I chose this session because, in addition to always looking for ways to boost my son’s self esteem,  I love volunteering in the classroom. There are so many children struggling with self esteem (not to mention adults) and I figured any information would be helpful. This session was lead by a talented motivational speaker named Dr. Earl Suttle ( he was great and had so much energy, you just couldn’t help but catch his enthusiasm!

He based a lot of his presentation on his experience raising two daughters. Much of his advice has to do with the behavior we model for our children and how we treat them.  Here are a few of his nuggets of wisdom:

 As parents, we need to:

1. Lighten up with our parenting and don’t be so serious

2. If you laugh less than 14 times a day, you are “under-laughed”

3. Children don’t listen to you as a much as they model you.

4. Parenting is challenging, but it is also an opportunity to show your leadership (how you lead is how they will lead)

5. Demonstrate to your children that it is good to do more than you are asked to do. They will learn to go the extra mile and become more successful.

6. Be a risk-taker. Courage is contagious, so is a lack of courage!

7. Stop multi-tasking when your children are talking to you and listen with your eyes and ears. Respond to them. It makes them feel important.

Part of being a risk taker is NOT always following the leader. Children are taught to value conformity in school and life. Teach them that having the courage not to follow people down a path of poor choices is important. (Ex., not getting into a car with a drunk friend, or sticking up for someone who is being bullied by others).

The bottom line is that we all need to be the change we want to see in our children.

Thanks Beth for this great report!  The more we share, the more we learn.


One Response

  1. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and lessons learned from our Convention and Leadership Training. by shring the information, you are demonstrating the value of PTA and empowering our parents and affecting student success.
    Best wishes for a great school year.

    Sheila Cornelius
    President, Georgia PTA

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