Tips for when your child hits that bump in the road

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Tips for when your child hits that bump in the road

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As an administrator, one of the things I know is that every child is going to hit a speed bump somewhere along the way. They're going to have a moment when they feel as though they've failed at something, or something is difficult at school, whether it's social or academic. But one of the things I think it's important for parents to understand - just as you are in a car when you go over a speed bump, slow down, take a deep breath, and pause for a minute. Don't let it derail you. And don't think that that speed bump is going to change the course of the child's life forever. We tend to take those moments when they've hit that rough patch so seriously at school in contrast to how we feel at home. So one of the things that parents need to do is relax a little, not put so much pressure on fixing the situation but allowing the child to struggle for a little while, because great strength comes out of failure. And in that moment of failure, if we allow the child to figure out how to move past it and get over it, that's a successful moment. And they've learned something about themselves as a learner that's going to be invaluable for the rest of their lives.

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Reveta Bowers

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Now starting her forty-second year, Reveta Bowers is the Head of School at The Center for Early Education, an urban pre-school through 6th grade Los Angeles independent school with 538 students. Devoted to children and education, Ms. Bowers served and has served on a number of boards. She is currently on Board of Overseers of the UCLA Healthcare System, on the founding board of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the board of the FEDCO Charitable Foundation. She just completed serving as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation. A past president and former secretary of The Educational Records Bureau Board, Reveta Bowers was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College for ten years. She served as an outside director on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company for ten years and is a former member of the Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Windward School boards. Reveta was on the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education board, and the boards of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. She served as a trustee and treasurer of the NAIS Board, and as past president of the California Association of Independent Schools. For the past thirteen years she has also been on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where she serves as the Lead Faculty member. One of her proudest career moments was receiving the NAIS Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. She has had a long and rewarding career in independent schools and finds her work with organizations supporting education, students, parents, community and Board work to be continually inspiring.

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