TIPS FOR PARENTS
Your children need you to be interested and involved in their academic progress. Your children must, however, be responsible for their own grades, attendance, and behavior.
- Be interested – Make sure that your child knows that his/her academic progress is important to you. Know when each grading period ends and make sure that you see all progress reports and report cards as soon as they come out. Do not assume that someone will call you if there’s a problem.
- Discuss class and set goals – Sit down with your son or daughter and help them set realistic academic goals for each term. Throughout the term recognize effort and improvement. Acknowledge each academic success, even if it’s only a good grade on a quiz or homework assignment.
- Be available to help - Be available to help with the homework but don’t give more help than is wanted. Keep in mind it is your child’s responsibility to be organized, to get homework done, and to prepare for tests.
- Listen – Talk to your child about what’s happening in school and be a good listener.
- Encourage involvement – Students who are involved in school-related activities enjoy school more and generally have greater academic success.
- Monitor activities and jobs – Make sure that your child is not spending too much time watching TV, playing computer games, or talking on the phone. Also, make sure that your child is not working too many hours or working too late at a job.
- Work with the school – Know that teachers, counselors, and principals are there to help your child get the best education possible. If extenuating circumstances arise in your family, call the school and tell them what’s going on. If you have a question or concern that relates to a specific teacher or class, call the teacher. For other questions and concerns, call your child’s counselor.