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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 70

Fight your child’s corner

Rule 69 was all about backing the school up, even when you don’t agree with everything they do. But that doesn’t have to be unconditional. You have to back them up over the policies and systems in general because that’s part of the deal. But other things can crop up which are specific to your child, and you can’t always leave the school to deal with it.

Your child needs to know that you’re on their side. And when there are serious problems you’re the only one to champion their cause – and sometimes they need a champion. If the school is not doing enough about bullying, or they’re failing to recognise your child’s dyslexia, or one particular teacher is making your child’s life miserable, of course you need to ...

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