What can parents do to help children reach their potential in school?

United States
January 1, 2007 9:48pm CST
What can parents do to help children reach their potential in school?
7 responses
• Canada
2 Jan 07
I've always felt that one of the best things that a parent can do towards their child's education is to instill in them a love of reading. Start giving them books at a very young age. I have a photo of one of my daughters, in her Fisher-Price baby swing, with a board book in her hands, staring at pictures LOL It's really pretty cute. In any case, give them books just to look at, read to them, read with them, never refuse them when they show an interest. Both of my daughters were reading well, on their own, prior to starting kindergarten and they are both still avid readers. They do very well in school and their teachers assess their comprehension levels and vocabulary skills to be well above their grade levels. I think reading is so beneficial to their success :)
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@estarga (1188)
• United States
4 Jan 07
This is my exact advice. Also, let them see you reading to, monkey see monkey do and always be involved, drop in on class or volunteer at the school.
@code_11 (902)
• Nigeria
4 Jan 07
Every parent must discover the actual interest of their children and encourage them on those lines. I think parents should stop expecting too much from the children, rather the focus should be on a more conducive environment at home and a health relationship between parents. It is important for the child to get full support from folks at home.
@edelweiss (1930)
• India
4 Jan 07
Parents can talk to their childs teacher and monitor his progress. Also they must talk to child everyday to find out his difficulties and why he is not able to overcome them. Is he having any problem with his teachers, or has peer pressure or he is interested in games or is addicted to something he shouldn't be and that is affecting his studies.
@atreyasa (79)
• India
4 Jan 07
parents should take good care of their children and they help children to achive gols
@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
2 Jan 07
Checking their Work - Checking their Work
Talk to them about school. Encourage them. Don't push them - since then they may rebel against what you want. Give them oppertunities to come to you with questions and help them find the answers. Read to them. Review their work before they turn it in. If you notice something that isn't quite right ask them about it. You don't want to correct everything that may be wrong, but give them clues like asking how did you come up with this answer? This doesn't look quite right to me, could you explain it so I can understand it? They jsut might see their error and correct it on their own!
@sag2911 (108)
• India
2 Jan 07
I think parents do not need to do anything, unless and untill the child make a wrong move. They should allow the child to take a part as per his likings. They just need to ensure at some point of time that the child have all the encourgement required.
@conniej14 (248)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I believe that a parent that is envolved with their childs education encourages the child to take more interest and even excel. It really has helped my child who has ADHD. She is an honor student.