How Do You View Your Kid’s School?
Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update Aug. 19, 2010: Is school a mall, day care center or sporting event? The way you view your relationship with your kids’ school has a huge impact on your kids’ involvement, attitude and subsequently their education. If parents see school as a store and education as a commodity (what you’re ‘buying,’) then it’s like walking into Macy’s, paying your money (tax dollars or private tuition) for a product and expecting to get what you pay for. In this scenario, where does the responsibility lie? Who is responsible for their kids’ education? Only role you have is to complain to ‘customer services’ whenever you are not a happy consumer.
Viewing the school as a daycare center, also suggests lack of participation on parents’ part. Here, school serves as a substitute parent. This leaves the school to take over, so you are able to abdicate any responsibilities and place them firmly on the shoulders of the teachers. Parents who take this attitude tend to be uninvolved, and perhaps have little time for their kids and annoyed if the school is encouraging their involvement.
The school as a sporting arena or event, is an attitude of responsible, involved parents who want to work with the school on behalf of their child. In this view, parents are flexible and cooperative. You are a member of the team—and are willing to play whatever role the team needs—from cheerleader, to disciplinarian to strategist… whatever is needed for the team to have a WIN—meaning great education for the child, and the development of successful character traits.
TOP 5 TIPS OF THE WEEK:
- You have the greatest impact on your kids’ learning.
- Understand that your kids need you to play a huge, cooperative role in their education.
- Recognize that you, your child, teachers, administrators, and so on, are on the same team.
- As a team member, playing your position is crucial to the ultimate success of your child.
- Show your kids you love them…through your words and your actions.
Enjoy your kids!