Education is an essential part of every child’s development and personal growth. However, the successful accomplishment of this task and positive experiences with learning and school time has a deep connection with parent/child relationships and dynamics, especially among the kids during their early stages. We all strive for independence and self-sufficiency and want our children to be able to rely on themselves and eventually face and solve problems on their own. But, there is a fine line between giving kids freedom and autonomy and being perceived as indifferent and not involved in the child’s life, which could have some devastating effects later on.
So, below, we will discuss the impact of parental involvement on the general students’ success and academic achievements.
Studies on the effect of parents’ relationships
We are all probably familiar with the concept of a happy home–happy child. Of course, it makes sense that in the stable and good household kids feel safe and loved, so they are less likely to develop emotional problems and have troubles at school. But, there is a special department in these studies on how parents’ involvement in a child’s life affect their ventures in school and in their academics. The focus of attention has been shifted to the parents’ reactions. It turned out that as soon as their kid’s grades go up, they tend to stop spending as much time with them and the involvement weakens. This tendency is not beneficial for a child. It turns out that as their academic success continues, generally kids whose parents stay involved show better results and have a better mood and social skills overall.
Ways to improve the connection
Well, this is a tricky part, partly because it involves a lot of parties. If we are speaking about academic achievements, nowadays it is not that hard to improve parents’ engagement and child’s interest with the help of interactive material available online. You can easily type university assignment help or “educational videos for students” and get the assistance you need. But with the involvement in social life and everything except academics, the school should take an active position and improve communication with the student’s family. It should organize various events and activities that form a bond between parents and kids and that are also fun and interesting. Teachers should keep parents updated and informed on all of the upcoming events. It could be picnics, sports competitions, trivia evenings, talent shows–anything goes. So, the responsibility to guide and encourage kids should not lie solely on parents or of school stuff but should be executed and coordinated from both sides, with the mutual involvement and care.
One of the ways to become more involved in your children’s school life and education is homeschooling. However, from my personal experience, it’s not an easy task. It actually demands a lot of time, preparation, and organization skills. In order to get children to explore the world and socialize, you have to schedule play dates, and get them into extracurricular activities. In this case your roles as a teacher and a parent kind of merg together, so you have to maintain a balance. Of course, it’s much easier to be involved and spend time with your kids, but I found that for me, separation of school life and family life is better in some ways.
Ways to learn
You can learn about pretty much anything online. No matter who you are–an eager teacher who wants to organize better activities with student family involvement, or a caring parent like myself, striving to improve kids interest in studying–everything could be found online. There are numerous courses and websites that aim at educational help. For instance, there is a complete course on Coursera “Foundations of Teaching for Learning: Developing Relationships” that has a chapter about parent involvement and student success. So, it will be useful for both teachers and families. Do not underestimate entertaining content, specifically if you are teaching your kids at home. While engaging in your child’s education, it’s important to make time for fun and leisure. Here are some examples, watching a movie of a relevant topic, or cooking a meal based on the country your studying.
The experience of learning could be fun for both adults and children. Engagement in your children’s social life and studying is an essential element of a successful, emotional and mental growth, and with an application of a little bit of imagination and creativeness, it could be a truly enjoyable experience for everyone.
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