Parental involvement is often seen as a cornerstone in a child's education. It can make a considerable difference to your child's school life, both in academic success and in general enjoyment at school.
WHY GET INVOLVED?
Parental involvement is known to be linked with improved behavior, regular attendance and positive attitudes. In addition, being involved shows your child you care about his or her education and schooling. That in itself can make children appreciate the importance of education and help them to understand that what they are doing has a purpose.
Parental involvement provides a support network for children, which is particularly important when they face academic hurdles or other challenges with friendships or extra-curricular activities. It also means you know where your child's education journey is going and are able to be part of the highs and lows along the way.
As a result, children whose parents stay involved are more likely to have higher self-esteem, be disciplined, have more self-motivation and tend to achieve better grades, regardless of their ethnic, social or racial backgrounds.
BENEFITS FOR YOU
As well as boosting motivation and providing discipline for children, getting involved has numerous benefits for the parent. By walking alongside their son or daughter's education journey, parents are more likely to be sensitive to their child's emotional and social needs.
Parental involvement creates ties and strengthens bonds with children and can boost your confidence in parenting and any decision-making when it comes to your child's education.
It also leads to the building of stronger relationships within the school, leading to clearer communication between teachers, parents and children. This can give you more confidence in the school's approach to education and learning. Schools that have high levels of engagement with parents tend to experience better community support and positive reputations. Also, when children see a unified approach to their education between their parents and the school, they are more likely to understand the importance of their studies.
BENEFITS FOR YOUR CHILD
Research indicates that two thirds of teachers believe parental involvement in education results in better performance in school. As mentioned earlier, children tend to achieve better grades and tend to be more motivated when parents are involved. There are a couple of reasons for that.
Some research suggests parental involvement helps give children attention and praise which, in turn, helps them recognize their education is worthy of adult interest. As children tend to model adult behaviors, when parents are actively involved with their schooling, children will learn the importance of education and try to emulate those behaviors from their parents. It also helps children understand that their schooling isn't just about them. It's a collaborative approach between pupils, teachers and their parents. This team approach can further motivate them to work hard and produce positive results. Children who have help from their parents are also more likely to feel competent, and school attendance becomes more important to them.
Being involved also boosts the mental health of children. It encourages communication between children and parents, which can foster higher self-esteem and confidence. It can also help children interact better with their peers and advance their social skills.
Since parental involvement has many benefits for you, the teachers and of course your child, help him or her succeed by thinking about what you can do to get involved.