6 Ways to Be More Involved as Parent of a Student in Education from Joyce C. Epstein

Posted on October 26, 2014

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By: Breanna Sommers

1) Parenting

This sounds like the most obvious one (and it is), but many parents are so lost in their work and lives that they forget how much happiness and encouragement comes from an ‘I love you’ or ‘How was your day at school?’. Showing empathy and taking 15 minutes out of your day, even in a transition period like driving them to school, can make a huge difference. When your child believes you are invested in their success, they are incentivized to make you proud!student_dad_with_baby_147039383

2) Communication

Going off of ‘Parenting,’ communicating with your child is just as important as making sure you know what is going on at their school and in the community. Going to speak with the school’s administrators or your child’s teacher shouldn’t happen for the first time when they are reprimanded. Make sure to voice your concerns and praises because your resources are pooled to make the institution possible.

3) Volunteer

One of the best ways to voice your concern as a parent is to get involved with PTA or your child’s class (depending on their age). Being an integral part of the school will allow you to evaluate your child’s school, anticipate their needs, and show your support of their education. Additionally, volunteering could easily satisfy the need for ‘Parenting’ and ‘Communication.’

4) Learning at Home

One of the many ways to take learning a step further is to take some of the responsibility into your own hands and do what you can to help them confirm ideas and concepts taught at school. Whether it is quizzing them over breakfast or checking over work, any interest at home will translate into heightened responsibility for the student.

5) Decision Making

Attending board meetings or any sort of open forum for educational discussion is a great way to stay informed and voice your opinions. You trust these leaders to make the best decision for your child. An important factor is to take the time to understand the issues because you have the obligation to know their thought process and options.

6) Collaborating with the Community

An African proverb says that “it take a village to raise a child” and Joyce Epstein could not agree more. The community is at your disposal to provide resources, but only if you take advantage of it. It can be summer programs, museums, or plays. Overall, the more your child is exposed to the better, but there are a wide range of low cost activities that are a great way to spend time with your child.

Epstein, Joyce C. “Caring for the Children We Share.” School, Family, and Community Partnerships. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U, 2011. Print

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