Sometimes, it's hard to call up a parent.
You ask yourself - does this really warrant a phone call?
Can I maybe let this one slide?
Am I bothering them at work and will they be upset with me if I do call?
Then, I pause and remind myself - if I was a parent, I would want to know. I would want to be informed so I could work with the school to help my child. And this is the lens I choose to see through every time I call a parent. As educators, we are there for the child and we must always act according to what is best for our students.
That means that yes, sometimes the parent will get upset that you are "bothering them" at work, but then again, most often than not, you will get a grateful and proactive parent who will support your initiative to communicate with them.
My message to you as a new school leader?
Make the call! You can never communicate too much!
Question: Do you have a go-to strategy that helps you navigate calls to parents?
Do you call at a certain time?
Wait a bit to let tempers cool before calling?
Start with a compliment before diving in?
Share your thoughts below!