Top 10 Things That Teachers Wished Parents Would Know

August 2, 2010 by  
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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.

Speak respectfully of school, teachers and administrators. Disagreeing with something is not synonymous with talking negatively and disrespectfully about the institution or your child’s education

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.


  1. Remember: You and the teacher are teammates—not adversaries.
  2. Make your kids’ education their #1 priority; extra-curricular activities come 2nd.
  3. Provide the time, space and materials for your kids to do homework, study and read.
  4. Send your kids off in the morning with a hug and a smile.
  5. Show your kids you love them…through your words and your actions.

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3 Responses to “Top 10 Things That Teachers Wished Parents Would Know”
  1. Melody Sauceda says:

    HEllo Goddess Vicki,
    Good Reading I am really Interested into knowing how to sculpt a child who voice herself a lot when the nanny is not putting the clothes in the correct spot or she will say my mom will fire you.
    I have alway taught my children to speak up when something is not in congruent with there spirit. For my oldest it has got out of hand were she just uses sharp words and is disrespectful.
    How do i cultivate a child or children who use there voice to speak there heart virtue & can say them in a way people would listen and want to hear?

    I Love YOU.. I am committed to communication and loyalty!!! Opa-Hay!!! Romancing Life Melody Sauceda

  2. These are great suggestions, but some are just not possible for the individual parent, sleep being a case in point. Many high school parents simply cannot assure their kids enough sleep no matter what time they “put them to bed” (and it’s not so easy to put a 16-year-old to bed, particularly when the teen is saddled with homework, huge extracurricular demands, work, and, most vitally, a body clock that won’t let adolescents fall asleep until 11 p.m. at the very earliest). Couple that with high schools starting in the 7 o’clock hour, and kids forced to wake up at 5 or 6 to make the bus, and you’ve got a guarantee of sleep-deprived students, whatever parents might try to do at home.

    It would be great if parents, teachers, and communities could work together to ensure that schools start at hours that allow kids to get enough sleep. That’s what we’re trying to do via a petition asking for a minimum school start time (which you can sign at ), as well as our efforts at I hope everyone concerned about the safety, health, and learning of our future generation, teachers and parents alike, will join us!

  3. Dr. Vicki Panaccione says:

    Thank you for your comments. The research clearly shows that adolescent brains function on a different time pattern. Here, in FL, some of the schools have actually used that data to start schools for teens at 9:00 a.m. The difficulty with this, then, is making time for after school activities…everything needs to shift accordingly.