When you’re feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or confused at any point in your parenting journey, use GPS (guidelines, personal observations, and specialists, that is) to find your way.

Literally, stop and take a moment to assess what’s going on with your child. Consider their age and/or grade and then ground yourself in credible reference material, such as developmental milestone guidelines or kindergarten readiness checklists or state learning standards. Take some time to write out some personal thoughts and observations about your child in the moment, relative to what you’ve read. Then consult with a relevant specialist for extra help.

Check out our GPS Guide below for ideas and reflection prompts to get you moving toward greater clarity and purposeful action.