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3 Practical Ways to have more parental involvement in education for your kids, without becoming a ‘smother.’
Are you a parent that takes a back seat when it comes to your child’s education? Or are you one that is so proactive that they might be asking you to back of a little bit? (Or a lot, a la Beverly Goldberg.) Whatever category you fall under, there are always ways that you can get get more productive and have more parental involvement in education of your kids. You know, without being a substitute teacher.
While it might not seemingly affect you in any way, it’ll massively affect your kids and the outcome of their future. Some children are simply crazy-uninterested in their own education, and that’s where taking initiative is going to come in handy. Here are 3 non-‘smother’-y, but still proactive, things that you can do.
Encourage After-School Activities
We can all agree that a lot of children just find education incredibly boring. Sitting in a classroom for hours of the day being talked at for most of the day can be draining. And can you blame them?
So rather than focusing on what’s happening inside of school, try and focus on after-school activities that they might be interested in. It could be a school sports team, school trips that are provided by companies such as NST, or even things such as drama club.
These are all ways to get children motivated to actually keep coming into school, plus it’s an excellent way for them to make new friends that they might not have had.
A lot of the school trips they’ll go on will be educational, but a lot of them are purely fun based. Make sure you’re not denying them of any of the trips throughout their school life if you possibly can.
Watch For Signs Of Bullying
Bullying is one of the most horrible things that a child can go through. Some other children are horribly cruel, and they can say the most hurtful things to other kids. Sometimes it can even turn physical with things such as pushing in the corridors.
While schools claim to be doing all they can to manage things like bullying, most falls under the radar. Look for signs of upset when your child comes home from school. If they’re unusually quiet, don’t want to speak about their day, or look visibly upset, always question them about it.
So many children take their own life due to bullying. The more proactive you are with managing it, the better schooling life your child will have. Without feeling the need to resort to suicide. Try and make sure they’re always involved with their friendship group and having fun. And if you do suspect bullying, contact the school immediately.
Join The School Committee or Parent-Teacher Association
The school committee has the power to make big decisions that could affect your child’s life at school, so why not think about joining it? It’ll give you an inside view into how your school works, what can be done to make it better, and might even give you the chance to spy on your child.
Although it won’t pay, and will mean giving up some of your free time, but it can be really rewarding knowing you’re making decisions that could change your child’s education for the better.
What kinds of things do you do to be more involved with your kids’ educations? Let me know in the comments!
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