With the school season back into full swing following the holiday break, it’s easy for many families to fall in the trap of going about our separate days. At a surface level, many parents understand that some level of active involvement is required for your children to succeed in school. Children need structure to ensure that they complete their homework and make it to classes on time in the morning. However, a pitfall that many parents can slip into is not letting their involvement in their children’s education extend beyond these basic requirements. In this blog, we’ll take a look at what effects a more active role in your children’s education can have on their overall experience and temperament.
The Benefits of Involvement
Data gathered by the CDC indicates that active involvement can have positive net effects, from increasing the grades a child earns to helping them build healthier social skills. Engagement can also help reduce the risk of engagement in unhealthy behaviors including underage alcohol consumption, drug use, and tobacco use. Different age ranges also show different benefits of parent involvement. For children in early education, researchers at Michigan State University note that active parent involvement can enhance a child’s self-esteem and their ability to connect with in-class room concepts, while allowing the parent to have a more intimate understanding of their child’s development. Especially for parents raising children with behavioral disorders, this involvement can allow you to earlier identify negative behaviors.
What Steps Can You Take To Get Involved?
Involvement is in your children’s education is about balancing engagement with giving space to express themselves and grow on their own. Finding this balance is crucial to your child’s academic and social success. One simple step to take is communicate with your child’s teachers and counselors. Come to understand their expectations, as well as informing them of any challenges your child may face within a classroom setting. Take into account education officials’ strategies for building healthy study and activity habits, and then build a daily schedule your child can utilize at home. An important factor in a child’s continuing success in school is parent involvement in the school itself. If possible, see if you can volunteer at your child’s school to engage further with their education process. If they take part in after-school and extracurricular activities, ensure the activities are supervised and regulated by the school or another credible institution. Crucial to all of these strategies is ensuring clear and open communication with your child about their education and social experiences. Lacking communication skills can lead to isolation, which can further exacerbate troubles in both school and interpersonal relationships. Ask your child actively about their in school relationships, their interest in their subjects, and the struggles they face. This proactive strategy can help benefit your child’s behavior massively in the long run.
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