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The school involvement dilemma

October 5, 2012

Here’s a great idea…

In his book, The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, Laurence Steinberg says, “As a general rule, your involvement in activities at your child’s school should remain high throughout your child’s education, but your involvement in homework and projects done at home should gradually lessen as your child gets older.” (p. 57-58)

In other words…

We want our children to be successful in school and life. Sometimes we do too much to help them and sometimes we do too little. What are the best ways to help? We can volunteer to help in schools in ways that fit our talents. We can provide a good working environment for our children to do schoolwork. And we ourselves can be models of enthusiastic learning. The key is to allow your child to take the leadership in learning while you provide support.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Show your children that you value education by attending school functions, volunteering, and having face-to-face contact with our children’s teachers.  Help them indirectly by providing an appropriate place and an uninterrupted time for them to work.  Provide a listening ear as they analyze a problem or passage in a book, or empathy as they express frustration over the difficulty or length of an assignment.  In other words, support and encourage your child’s learning.

To find out more…

 about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey or See the World Through My Eyes programs at arfamilies.org, follow us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You may also enjoy reading The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting.

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