Advocacy: early January

I’ve done some more work on my advocacy project.

Last week Andrew’s teacher and I talked on the phone for about an hour. I had had some questions that I sent in with Andrew and she called me to answer them. I got a lot of good stuff out of that phone call (and, this always surprises me, but I think she got a lot of good stuff out of that phone call too)…but the one thing that simmered with me for a while was how motivated I felt afterwards. She and I talked about the ongoing bus debacle and some new developments that have been unraveling and it lit my fire again to take on these bus companies.

Advocacy lesson for early January? There is power in numbers. There is support in teamwork.

I know its a simple lesson. But man, those simple lessons…I keep learning them over and over with new applications and on deeper levels and there is NO harm in reminding myself of these simple, powerful lessons.

In my journal I wrote out a little “fact” card with these reminders on teamwork.

I’ve heard this phrase used a lot when parents talk about approaching the Board of Ed…and they use it as a rally cry and they use it to talk about how annoying they sometimes feel to be making these same phone calls. I definitely feel myself go back and forth on how I feel about being a squeaky wheel. But the things about that saying…it’s true. Plain and simple. I think its just one of those thing you have to own. Like being neurotic about clean floors. Or being the one that is always taking pictures. Or putting your foot in your mouth from time to time. Just own it. I am all of these things and I am sometimes an annoyingly squeaky wheel.

And that’s where I’m at with advocacy. Onward and onward.

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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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3 Responses to Advocacy: early January

  1. Ruth says:

    I think I need to take a leaf out of your book!

  2. Mama V says:

    Looks good!

    Every time I hear that expression, I think of one of my favorite books ‘The Autobiography of Malcom X’ with Alex Haley. Have you read it? Movie good, but book better. It’ll get your advocacy juices pumpin’ hard!

  3. erin says:

    I did a little necessary advocacy on my own behalf last week. I felt like an absolute jerk even though I was being polite. Why is so hard to stand for yourself (or kids?) I like your posts on this subject. Us nice girls gotta stand up!

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