I often get calls from parents, especially those with special needs children, inquiring about the best school districts. It seems that the search for the perfect school district has become a remedy for everything. All we really want are excellent services for our children, but is that truly sufficient?
Just the other day, I had a conversation and to my surprise, the father expressed concerns about the commute in Massachusetts. He had a short commute, and relocating to MA seemed like a daunting challenge for that very reason. We discussed how crucial the short commute is for our families as it enables the fathers to be an active part of the family unit.
As I engage with more and more families, I find that our focus on the school system often causes us to overlook some fundamental principles. What truly matters are happy and kind staff, a robust program, a strong inclusion policy, dedicated teachers, engaged parents, and a close-knit community than just a very well written IEP.
A close friend once told me about his upbringing in a less-than-ideal neighborhood. For him, having a vibrant, diverse, and thriving community was the first requirement for raising his children.
So, what do you want for yourself and your children? What is genuinely important to you? Is it a spacious house or a vibrant neighborhood? The answer might not be as straightforward as we think. What is it for your family that truly transforms a house into a home.
A kosa silk from my home state a meet.