Why Get Involved?

Many research studies have shown that when parents are involved in their child's education, these students achieve more regardless of their socioeconomic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents own education level. And many parents seem to be aware of how important their involvement is to children's success.

Though many parents might be surprised to realize it, research shows that they have a strong influence on their teenage children. Many parents want to be involved, but just don't know how. There are many things parents can do to maintain strong involvement in their children's lives as they approach adolescence.
  • Keep lines of communication open. Parents need to have regular conversations with their teens and supply them with honest and accurate information on the many issues teens face. Start important discussions with your children and teens about smoking, drugs, sex, drinking even if the topics are difficult or embarrassing. Don't wait for teens to come to you.
  • Set fair and consistent rules. Parents need to set boundaries that help children learn that with their new independence comes responsibility. Parents and adolescents can work together to set appropriate limits. Be sure that young people understand the purpose behind the rules.
  • Support their future. Even if parents don't feel they can help with homework, parents need to demonstrate that education is important to them and their child's future. It is important to know children's teachers and to create a home environment that supports learning.
  • Be an example. Parents need to demonstrate appropriate behaviors. Show concern for and be involved in the community and at school. Maintain regularly scheduled family time to share mutual interests, such as attending movies, concerts, sporting events, plays, or museum exhibits.