Photo of 4 smiling African American Children, copy of the book cover "How to Advocate for Your Children to Succeed"

If you want to advocate for your children, get hyped up because zeal is necessary. There are some people who spend a lot of time going off on crusades and run back and forth from cause to cause stirring up attention and action. There are other people who may only fight hard, for one thing, their entire lives. When I worked as an attorney, I was required to zealously work to represent the interests of my clients. Now as a mother, my main job is to work with zeal and zealousness on behalf of my children.  

Zeal is commonly defined as great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective. Zealous is commonly defined as having or showing zeal. Over the course of time, I have come to learn that when you act with zeal and when you are enthusiastic about your efforts, you may face resistance and fear from those with whom you are dealing.

Almost everything in life is a job for someone. When a thing is a job, it is routine, a matter of fact, and not a big deal. No matter how serious it is, there is a step-by-step process, plan, and manner of doing things, and those who are at work like to follow the common and well-trusted path.

At the same time, when a situation is new to you, the experience is anything but, standard, routine and ordinary. As a result, your zealous efforts will come into conflict with those working a job. It seems this is an inevitable result. In those circumstances, it is important that you do not let fear, authority, or the appearance of expertise dampen your zeal. Zeal and the requirement of zealousness are important and are required by certain professions for a reason.    

Advocate for your children with zeal and your actions will be rewarded.

As a parent, your main job is the protection, support, and care of your child. It is not a routine, matter of fact, small deal. It is a big deal. In fact, it is the BIG DEAL.  When a thing is a big deal when a thing is important, you must act with zeal, you must be zealous in your actions. When the conflict comes,  take a deep breath, put on your big girl panties, and stand up to the resistance and to those who do not understand your zeal. You must always be in control of your zeal, use it appropriately, and reap the benefits that zealous action brings.

Life is full of opportunities to advocate for your children. When you send your kids to school each day, you have to advocate for teachers to treat them with dignity, respect, and courtesy. You must advocate for your children to get the best educational opportunities possible. When it comes to after-school activities you have to advocate for your children to have fun, learn, and be safe. At religious programs, you must advocate for your children to learn, be given opportunities to practice their faith, and grow.    

Advocacy does not come easily to everyone. In fact, for many people, advocacy is hard work. None of that matters. You must still advocate for your children. It is your job. It is one of your most important jobs. Fortunately, if you do not know how to advocate for your children, you can learn. There are all kinds of books, magazine articles, and blog articles you can read for help. Start with my book, pictured above “How to Advocate for Your Children to Succeed.”

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This article is the first of a series of articles exploring the ideas discussed in the book. These articles are designed to help you learn how to so become a successful advocate. Read the articles and click here to get a copy of the book for yourself.

Cover of book "How to Advoct for Your Children to Suceed"
  1. Getting Started as an Advocate for Your Children
  2. Support Your Children – That is Great Advocacy
  3. Use Your Work Skills at Home – Advocate for Your Children
  4. Your Children Need to Learn to Advocate for Themselves – Teach Them
  5. Be Your Children’s Best Advocate
  6. Preparing to Speak for Your Children

Advocacy is a skill. You get better at being an advocate by working as an advocate. If you are not the advocate you want to be today, be encouraged because the more you advocate for your children, the better you will be at it. One of the things you will learn as you advocate for your children is that good advocates find ways to work as a team with others. Good advocacy does not have to be adversarial. Keep this in mind as you advocate for your children to succeed.  

In conclusion, it is sensational to find something to be zealous about and to succeed in your objective. There is nothing more worthy of your zealous efforts than advocating on behalf of your children. So, the question for you this terrific day is, what are you going to use your zealous efforts to accomplish?