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Most parents strive to engage in their children’s education actively. However, the demands of busy lives, work schedules, and various responsibilities often pose challenges, making it difficult to be involved in every aspect of their child’s academic journey.
While many parents may find it challenging to fully engage in their child’s education, research consistently highlights the significance of parental involvement in a child’s academic success. Studies indicate that children whose parents actively participate in their learning perform better than children who have parents who are less involved.
This blog post will share valuable tips on how parents can actively contribute to their child’s learning process, fostering a lifelong love for learning.
Be fully invested in your child’s education
Due to several factors, being updated with everything happening can be challenging for many parents. However, parents still need to be fully invested in their child’s life, familiarising themselves with ways to support and facilitate their child’s success. Many things happen in your child’s life daily at school; therefore, more than merely asking about academics is required.
Show genuine interest in your child’s passions, challenges, and things that make them excited about going to school and that hinder them from having a positive learning experience.
When children know that a parent is fully invested in who they are, what they are interested in, who they are and what makes them happy, it gives children a platform to express themselves when they need assistance or face difficulties. Additionally, it instils a sense of being seen and supported by their parents.
For instance, if your child participates in sports, debate clubs, drama, choir, or other extracurricular activities, make an effort to attend and support them. Parental support means the world to children, fostering confidence and morale.
“Parental involvement builds healthy relationships and moulds young teenagers into responsible and caring adults. Through this, children grow and surpass their expectations, their confidence blossoming as they feel loved and cared for. From a school’s perspective, parental support in education is paramount,” states Christine Herbst, Principal of SPARK Blue Downs High.
Build relationships with your child’s teachers and connect with the school community
The teacher-parent relationship holds immense importance. Cultivating a positive rapport with your child’s teachers significantly contributes to their success in school. Parents can foster this connection in various ways. A straightforward approach is to attend and actively participate in school activities.
Volunteering for events or functions is another means of involvement. Additionally, consider joining the school’s governing body if such an opportunity arises. Although engaging in school activities may appear daunting, it offers valuable insights into the school’s culture and operations. Initiate conversations with your child’s school to explore how you can contribute, even if it’s on a smaller scale.
“Support your child as much as you can. As a parent, you can also get involved in parent committees, thereby supporting both your child and the school,” advises Herbst.
Assist with homework
It’s no secret that most parents don’t like assisting with homework. Nevertheless, providing support with homework offers insights into your child’s progress and understanding of the curriculum. Helping your child with homework is one way to understand what your child is good at or struggling with at school.
Parents who play an active role in their child’s education can make a positive impact and difference in their child’s education. If you are a parent and have no idea how to support your child, chat with your child’s teacher and ask them for guidance on how you can start playing an active role in your child’s education and learning experience
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