Why Get Involved?
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.
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.
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
- 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