You know all his or her quirks of behavior: quirks such as not eating broccoli when it has gravy on it, or putting their favorite toy in one special place each night. You also know how your child normally behaves with you and others.
You should. You are the person who has known your child the longest, and who has spent more hours looking after your child that anyone else.
So you know when your child is feeling unhappy about something, or not progressing as quickly as he or she should be. And you do something about it. Right?
In my experience most parents know when their child is having trouble learning, is unhappy in school, needs extra learning support, but very few do anything about it other than worry and hope the situation gets better.
A few brave parents may bring up their concerns at the next parent/teacher meeting but these parents are usually told to wait a while, that the child is still developing, that everything will turn out OK if only they give their child time.
I know this is how it works, because to my everlasting shame, it is what I used to do before I knew better.
Then you go away from the meeting still worried but convinced that the teacher knows better than you so you must be worrying for no reason. But that nagging fear never quite goes away.
I have seen it happen time and time again. Parents being told that teachers know the child better than parents do. Teachers telling parents that they are not worried about the child so why should the parents be concerned?
And because you have been discouraged from doing anything about your concerns your child never gets the help he or she needs to overcome their problem.
I don't want another parent to ever have to put up with this. I don't want another child to ever be prevented from getting help because you didn't follow through on your concerns.
Trust your instincts, and do something about them.
In case you are still thinking that teachers know better than you let me tell you what the research says.
Are you ready for this?
"Parents are surprisingly good at knowing when something is up with their child (85% correlation) but they may not understand what it is."
That is the conclusion from research at the University of BC.
So don't be put off when a teacher tells you to stop worrying and that everything will be OK in time.
Trust your instincts and make sure that your child gets the help he or she needs before it is too late and that niggling issue becomes a full blown problem.
Dr. Patricia Porter believes that parents make the difference between a child who succeeds in school and one who does not. If you want to know how to help your child reach his or her full learning potential and have the life of their dreams download her free 'Parent Starter Kit' at https://www.leading2learning.com.