A cornerstone of our philosophy is a commitment to strengthening the parent-child relationship. We know who is the most important person in the child’s life is: the parent, and therefore it is worth knowing about methods and approaches in intergenerational communication! To share the information below with you, I asked my colleagues to help me write my capstone project, so the useful information below is verified.

Parent Helpers While all schools acknowledge the role of parents, The New School includes help for parents as part of our regular tuition. Every family attending The New School is assigned a Parent Helper, a professional clinician specifically trained to help parents with life’s most important challenging and ultimately rewarding job – being a parent.

Regular meetings with a Parent Helper afford the parent(s) or other caregiver the opportunity to develop a shared understanding of their child’s personality. During their meetings, parents and the Parent Helper explore issues of parenting that are relevant to their particular situation. Children who need help at school with social-emotional issues invariably exhibit similar difficulties at home. By putting our heads together, we can find ways to support the child in both settings. We can share information about his or her day at school while benefiting from your experience at home.

Parent Helper meetings are also integral to the fact that we are a school devoted to helping children “move on” to their next challenge—whether that be a successful day in our school or transitioning to a new school. We know that if we can help parents with the challenge of being a parent, our mutual efforts will be long-lasting. We are about helping children make permanent gains. Teachers are in the student’s life for a short time; parents are there forever.

Regular work with your Parent Helper is a commitment you make to your child. Regular participation at Parent Helper meetings is required for retention in The New School.