Most parents should already know by now the importance of parental involvement in their child’s education. Unfortunately, many parents are either unwilling or too busy to be involved in their children’s education. Being involved in your child’s education does not only mean paying attention to the formal part but also the less formal parts like how their day at school went etc.
Here’s how parental involvement is beneficial for your child’s education.
Advantages of Parental Involvement in Education
- Better performance in school
If parents are paying attention to their child’s studies, children will come to recognise the importance of studying. When you are constantly showing interest in your child’s education, they will feel the need and motivation to do well in order to make you proud or to earn your approval.
- Improved behaviour and attitude
Behavioural or attitude problems usually start to arise as children enter their teenage years. If you’re involved in all aspects of your child’s education, it can lessen the number of behaviour issues in your child. For instance, parents who are not involved will cause children to have a higher rate of substance abuse and behave worse, both inside and outside of the classroom.
- Improved social skills
Besides improving performance and behaviour in school, parental involvement in education can also help in improving your child’s social skills in general. Children with parents who are involved tend to have more advanced social skills, which can contribute to better academic outcomes.
How to Be More Involved
- Getting to know your child’s teachers
Parents having a good relationship with the child’s teachers will certainly have an impact on the child. When your child sees that you share a positive relationship with their teachers, they’ll feel like they can trust their teachers a little more because you do.
- Spend quality time together
Make sure you spend some quality one-on-one time with your child every single day, no matter how short it can be. Even a 10-minute chat together can have a huge impact in establishing a good relationship. The best thing to do is to eat meals together as much as you can. Families usually bond as they use this time to catch up on everyone’s daily happenings.
- Getting to know your child’s friends
It’s very important that your child’s friends feel comfortable around you. That helps in strengthening your child and their friends’ relationships. When they have friends that you can trust, you’ll feel more comforted that they are spending time with people whom you don’t have to worry about.
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