Top 10 Things That Teachers Wished Parents Would Know
Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto Radio update July 29, 2010: You are in this together. You and the teachers are a team. Teachers want you to know that they have your kids’ best interest in mind.
Make your child’s education a priority. Being involved in outside activities is a good thing, in moderation. However, while it is great for children to be involved in extra-curriculars, homework is getting pushed to the back burner way too often.
Make a time and a place for homework/studying. School responsibilities need to be your kids’ #1 priority. School is their job.That means not letting other things get in the way of their job responsibilities, nor find excuses about other things you did that got in the way of what you were supposed to do.
Hold your kids accountable. Teachers want to partner with parents to raise responsible children. That means allowing them to experience the consequences of their actions when they are not prepared. Parents: Don’t bail your kids out! Kids will learn from their mistakes, only if parents are willing to allow them to do so.
Read to your kids. Even when they can read to themselves.
Take an interest in your kids’ education. Know what they are learning, when projects are due, who they sit with at lunch and play with on the playground.
Make sure your kids get enough sleep. Kids are being put to bed way too late, making them ill-rested in the morning and not very alert for school. Have a set bedtime and a night-time routine to help them unwind and settle into bed.
Be mindful of your kids’ diet. Kids are coming to school without a good breakfast. Send them off to school with a good breakfast, and pack healthy lunches and/or snacks. Teach them how to make good decisions regarding food choices.
Send your kids off to school with a hug and a smile. Mornings can be hectic and stressful; kids are arriving at school stressed out and harried because of the lack of morning routine and organization. Creating a morning routine can decrease the chaos and increase a positive send-off.
TOP 5 TIPS OF THE WEEK:
- Remember: You and the teacher are teammates—not adversaries.
- Make your kids’ education their #1 priority; extra-curricular activities come 2nd.
- Provide the time, space and materials for your kids to do homework, study and read.
- Send your kids off in the morning with a hug and a smile.
- Show your kids you love them…through your words and your actions.