Do you remember getting a note from the teacher when you were a kid? Remember that sinking feeling in your stomach when you thought about your parents reading the note? But now you’re the parent. No more notes from the teacher, right? Wrong. I’m a teacher and, if you’re a parent, I have a note for you. Now, don’t worry. This is a warm, fuzzy kind of note. It’s about what you're doing right!
In this second installment of my series, Education: It Takes Three, I am giving credit where credit’s due. My successful students have parents with a lot in common. Here are eight of those similarities:
1. They allow their child to struggle and resist rescuing them from age-appropriate consequences. They hold their child accountable for his/her actions without making excuses or blaming. In short, they are adults who realize that the teacher isn't out to "get" their child.
2.They say "no". They say “no” to things that would make the family’s schedule too hectic. They say "no" to sports or activities that interfere with their child doing well in school. They say "no" to excessive use of technology by limiting and monitoring their child’s use of all electronics.
3. They read and enjoy books together with their kiddo.
4. They help their child with homework and make sure it is done correctly, but never give in to the temptation to do the assignments for him/her.
5. They make it clear to their child that education is important by getting them to school every day on time.
6. They never miss coming to Back to School Night, Parent/Teacher Conference, and Open House. Ever.
7. They establish and follow through on clear consequences when grades or behavior do not live up to expectations and the child’s abilities.
8. They ask, "How can I help my child?", instead of looking to the school/teacher to "fix" things.
My classroom this year has been full of kiddos who are lucky enough to have parents that inspired this list. It has been such a joy teaching these kids and am so sad that two-thirds of the school year is already behind us.
If this list doesn’t describe you as a parent yet, there’s hope! Change can happen and I’ve just given you a place to start!
Click here for my first post in this series: Education: It Takes Three.
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