Does this sound familiar? You’ve been told to simply trust that the school system has your child’s mental well-being covered. But what happens when that trust results in your child feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or lost in the education system? The pain of watching your child struggle while being told to just wait it out can be unbearable. It’s time to take action and discover effective strategies to support your child’s mental health in the school system, so they can thrive academically and emotionally.
In this episode my guest, Katie J. Trent, shares why she is a passionate advocate for children’s mental health in the school system. With a background in counseling and ministry, Katie brings a wealth of experience and insight to the challenges children face today. Having worked as an elementary school counselor, she witnessed firsthand the impact of the highly politicized agenda on children’s well-being. Katie is dedicated to empowering parents with the knowledge and tools to navigate these challenges and create a nurturing environment for their children’s mental health. Her new book, “Recipes for a Sweet Child,” offers creative and Bible-based activities that foster emotional well-being. With her expertise and genuine care for children, Katie is a trusted resource for parents seeking to support their child’s mental health in the school system.
“We as parents have to change our mindset and say, how can we support our kids and nurture our kids and disciple our kids so that they can be who they were created to be, because not everybody’s going to be a mathematician.” – Katie J. Trent
In this episode, you will be able to:
- Discover practical strategies to support your child’s mental health in the school system.
- Learn about the negative impact of a politicized agenda in public education and how it affects your child’s well-being.
- Explore advocacy methods to make a positive difference in the education system and discover alternative education options.
- Understand the conflicting teachings and cognitive dissonance your child may experience in school and how it impacts their mental well-being.
- Gain insights into the effects of the education system on children’s mental well-being and how you can provide support as a parent.
Explore advocacy methods
Parents can play a critical role in their child’s education by exploring and employing advocacy methods within the school system. By voicing concerns, attending meetings, and voting, parents can challenge unfair practices, influence policies, and effect changes that prioritize children’s mental well-being. Additionally, building strong relationships with educators and school staff can create an impactful collaboration towards effective support and nurturing of children’s unique gifts and talents.
The resources mentioned in this episode are:
- Listen to Katie Trent’s previous episode Is Homeschooling the Right Fit for Your Family? from September 20, 2021.
- Check out Katie Trent’s new book, Recipes for a Sweet Child: Creative, Bible-Based Activities to Help Your Family Thrive.
- Check out Katie’s Biblical digital course for Christian parents, Family Faith-Building Academy and her Family Faith-Building Community at KatieJTrent.com
- Explore organizations like Moms for Liberty and Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) that are actively fighting for children’s rights and protecting them from inappropriate materials in schools.
- Get involved with your local school board by attending meetings, sharing your concerns, and voting.
- Consider alternative education options such as private schools or homeschooling if you’re not comfortable with the current school system.
- Listen to the interview with Marcia Moston about Unmasking the Transgender Agenda in libraries and the inappropriate materials being exposed to children.
- Be aware of the insidious language used in certain materials that are trying to change your mindset and your children’s mindset.
- Stay connected with your children’s education and be aware of the conflicting ideas they may encounter.
- Create open lines of communication with your children to discuss what they’re learning and provide biblical truths to counter any confusion.
- Be mindful of the potential anxiety and confusion that children may experience in school due to the current state of education.