Ensure a Proper Education for Your Child

Proper Education


A proper education can be ensured for your children when you the parent become involved in a positive way in their education. Your positive involvement lets your children realize the importance of their education. It also sends the message of the level of expectation you have for them.

Numerous studies have confirmed that children generally do better when parents get involved in their education not just academically but in ways such as:

  • Improved attendance

  • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence

  • More likely to graduate

  • Reduced chances of drug and alcohol involvement

  • Reduced violent behavior

    The National Education Association suggests positive ways in which you the parent can get involved to ensure a proper education for your child. Most importantly stay consistent with your involvement.

  • Read to your child, encourage your child to read.

  • Keep in touch with your child’s teacher(s). Know the progress of your child.

  • Participate in school board elections. This allows you a say in your child’s education.

  • Help the school to set challenging academic course work, programs, or high standards of achievement.

  • Become an advocate for better education in your community. A proper education for your child is greatly improved with your consistent, positive involvement. Remember, you cannot depend solely on the school for their academic advancement. Much of it is reinforced when you become involved. When your child sees your concern for their education, they take is more seriously. By getting involved you are setting the bar for your children.

    While you are ensuring a proper education for your children by getting involved, don't forget to reward them for their efforts. Praise them for their hard work. This encourages and motivates them to work harder.

    Positive Parental Involvement Includes:

  • Discussing with your children their goals and ambitions.

  • Checking your children's homework every night.

  • Making sure your children have a suitable place to study - one that is free of distractions and clutter.

  • Discussing your children's homework with them. If they need help that you cannot offer, find help. Send an email to the teacher or talk to other parents about locating a tutor.

  • When you children have a project due, discuss the assignment. Find out how they plan to approach it. Allowing them to talk about it gets their creative juices flowing.

  • Limiting TV viewing on school nights.

  • Knowing your child's daily schedule. Take into account after school activities, homework time, relaxation time, and dinner time.

  • Emphasizing the concept of work before play. Responsibilities come first.

  • Making sure your child receives sufficient sleep every night.

  • Making sure your child receives a healthy, balanced diet.

  • Rewarding and praising good behavior. This reinforces the good behavior you want you child to maintain.

    Negative Parental Involvement

    Conversely, there are some parents who become involved in their children's education but in a negative way. The parents may have the best of intention, truly believes they are getting involved in their children's education but are going about it in a destructive way.

    To ensure a proper education you must do it in a constructive way. Check below to see if you are guilty of any of the following. If so, pay careful attention to the above sections that speak of positive ways of getting involved in your children's education.

    Negative Parental Involvement Includes:

  • Criticizing your children's teachers in the presence of your children. If you have a problem with the teacher discuss it with the teacher or the school, not with your children. This may cause your children to disrespect their teacher and interfere with rheir education.

  • Criticizing your children's school in their presence. If you are dissatisfied with an issue of the school, take it up with the school, not with your children. You want your children to love their school and feel proud to attend.

  • There will be times when your children will complain about their teachers or about their grades. They may feel the teacher didn't like them and that's why they got a bad grade on their assignment. Don't overreact to every bad grade your children get. We both know there are three versions to every issue, the teacher's version, your child's version, and the real version.

    You the parent have to remain objective in these situations. Don't believe everything your child tells you. Our children are not saints. Try to determine what is fair. Could it be that your child was lazy and didn't really work hard at the assignment and instead blamed the teacher?

    And remember, a little defeat or discomfort can be a great motivator for your child.

  • If your child doesn't have the perfect teacher, it's not the end of your child's education. Sometimes our children spend more time complaining about their teacher. If they would just put that same energy into studying harder, they would excel. Remember, the not so perfect situation can teach your child about self-reliance, how to work in the face of adversity, and how to triumph even when the situation is not perfect. Ultimately, you want to ensure a proper education for your children. Are you going about it in a positive or negative way? Or you always in conflict with the school or with your children's teachers? Is your child progressing academically?

    Use this parenting information to examine your parenting styles for ensuring a proper education for your child.

    If you feel you need help in addressing your parental involvement in your child's education, please contact me.

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