How Parental Involvement can Boost Children’s Education

Author: Gool Bugwadia
Parental involvement is the key element that can significantly boost children’s education. The greater the degree of involvement and earlier the start, the better will be children’s academic progress. Parents, who communicate the importance of education to their children on an ongoing basis, seldom fail. These are the parents who hold high aspirations, set higher standards of achievement and consistently encourage children in all their education endeavors.

Here are five specific parental involvement guidelines geared to boost children’s education:

1 ~ Promote a learning environment at home

Choosing a quiet, peaceful environment has an important part to play in enhancing the study process. When the home environment is harmonious and conducive to learning, children are better able to improve their performance at school.  Providing a quiet time and place to study, restricting time spent watching television or playing computer games and having around a wide range of interesting, age-appropriate books, can all promote a positive learning environment at home.

Children who see their parents seriously pursuing their work without neglecting their obligation, tend to follow their parent’s example and take their education seriously.These are the children who choose to complete  all their home work assignments on time without reminders and make greater effort to secure higher grades in school.

2 ~ Follow up on progress at school

Research studies indicate that parents who take time to consistently follow up on their children’s progress at school and who maintain a good rapport with their teachers, have greater chances of boosting their children’s education process. This brand of parental involvement reinforces children’s confidence in themselves and their teachers resulting in marked improvement in their academic performance. With support and motivation from the parents, children tend to become more responsible exhibiting lesser behavioral problems.

Other forms of parental involvement- – -for example as volunteers, fund raisers or simply as providers of positive feedbacks, can also enhance children’s education process. Lack of parental involvement can lead to lack of enthusiasm in learning and lower children’s  level of performance in schools.

3 ~ Set high expectations and standards

Parents who set high expectations and standards with regard to their children’s education, can pave the way for higher academic achievement in school. Children want to please their parents; their beliefs and views are important to them. This prompts them to make concentrated efforts and go all out to live up to their parent’s expectation and meet the high standards set.

With this type of understanding, children strive harder to achieve goals, meet with academic success and do their utmost to avoid disappointing their parents. This fundamental mindset can boost children’s education in positve ways.

4 ~ Get children interested in reading

Reading can stimulate a child’s imagination, create interest in the learning process and encourage children to learn proper usage of spoken and written words. Parents, who focus on getting their children interested in reading right from an early age, can work wonders for their children’s education. Reading to your children should become a daily family routine especially when children are young.

It’s important to have a special nook where a whole range of interesting books can be made available for family reading. Discussions and follow-up questions, on the stories read can encourage children to assimilate what was read. It is also important for parents to follow up on reading at home what is read and learned at school; this practice can significantly boost children’s academic progress.

5 ~ Practice effective communication

Good communication is vital to boosting children’s education. Taking time to communicate effectively with children, being interested in all of their activities, encouraging their special talents and letting them know that you are available for any concerns they may have, is an integral part of good communication. It would be a good idea for parents to spend special time with their children discussing the importance and value of good education while making sure to praise each child’s successes and accomplishments.

Family activities that promote learning at home can play a major role in boosting children’s education. Parents, who are keen to be involved in their child’s education, ascertain that they spend time with each child giving him/her special attention.  By doing so, parents are better able to recognize individual talents and plan future educational options with their children.

~ Conclusion

In today’s competitive times, parental involvement has been deemed by educationists as the single-most determining factor in boosting children’s education. By following the above guidelines, you can make it your top priority.

Parents, who stand committed to playing a powerful role in their children’s educational journey, stay connected with their children’s school and education process on an ongoing basis. These are the parents who reap a rich harvest  for their children in the future. Remember Parents: The overall success of your child depends on your involvement.

Source: Raising our children, raising ourselves by Naomi Aldort, Ph D

Comments

  1. Roland said on February 1st at 7:10 pm:

    Superb message, I really enjoy posts by you.

  2. Nancy Browne said on February 3rd at 3:47 pm:

    Miss Gool,

    I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment on the need for high expectations. As the old saying goes, if one believes he/she can do something, they can; however if that expectation is not instilled, chances are, they won’t even try. Of course not all children will succeed, but I believe it is up to the parents to provide positive feedback. By doing so, it will boost a child’s morale, and they will try once again to succeed.
    A great article here Miss Gool, you focus on the powerful role that parents should take in helping their children obtain self-confidence.
    Thank you for sharing this positive article.
    Nancy Browne

  3. Carol said on February 3rd at 6:59 pm:

    Parents with an eye toward their children’s future success and fulfillment would do well to heed the advice regarding parental involvement in your well-written and timely piece.

  4. Sarah at Easyread said on February 22nd at 11:04 am:

    Thanks for the post. I think that parents definitely need to be invested in their children’s educational success. However, I do wonder if sometimes we place an over-emphasis on this kind of achievement…

  5. Sherida said on August 9th at 6:42 am:

    Excellent advice on parent involvement, if parents really read your article they would get involved in their children educational development and reap the benefits of positive feedback through their successes and confidence to carry them into adulthood.

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