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Role of Parents in their Child's Education | Think about What your Children Need

Updated on May 26, 2015

Parents should always consider getting involved with their child education center and child's academic life, as it can act as a very positive influence on their little one's life. It not only does it help children get through their early academic years, but it can also prove to be beneficial later during their life and development, as the person grows up stronger and stable. During the early childhood stage, children often want to look up to someone, as they find it hard to make decision themselves and want to emulate elders. Hence, parents have a huge impact both on their lives at this stage, but also on the decisions and how they will tackle them later on in life.

When parents get involved, children often feel far more supported and loved, which helps increase their confidence ... not to mention improvements in their grades and skills. As a parent, you need to be there to guide them when they divert away from studies, or decent behaviors, gently (or not so gently) nudging them back onto the right path and reinforcing the good and bad behavioral habits. Handled correctly, this will help to build a positive attitude towards school and homework in children, while also developing a close and supportive relationship between parent and child. However, unfortunately, it seems that many parents nowadays can’t find time for their children/child. If you are one of them, you may regret it at some point during your life, so try to make the effort to guide them, even if you can't spend a lot of time with them.

If you are in this 'busy parent group', do not threat, you are certainly not alone. Many parents find it hard to work and parent, especially when they are working as single parents. For single parents, it is definitely more of a challenge to make time for the younger members of the family and many feel that they are unable to contribute enough time to supporting their children due to long working hours at work. This is not even touching on the financial burdens that have been placed upon many single parents. However, studies carried out by experts have shown that if you could just take out a little time to spend with your child, providing positive support for your childs education, it can make a really big difference.

Simple 'play' activities can really improve early learning for children. Many activities actually involve learning, but because they are fun, the children don't even realize that they are still studying. These can even be used as reward activities for initial study. Therefore, the child learns and then revises with a 'play' activity.

Singing, dancing and other activities will not only educate, but help to develop the personalities of the children. Playing allows them to discover who they are, to learn what they are capable of and to gain confidence interacting with other. Social skills are so important! Hence, play is actually a vital part of child development.

Just 5-15mins spent with children, helping them on homework, or participating in activities, will really be noticed by the child and often have an immediate positive impact. If not appreciated now, it will be when they get older and look back on their lives. This support can help the parent and child to bond, while also helping to shape the child into being a better individual; supporting their development into being a well rounded and educated person. You could say that it is another method of conveying to your children the importance of education, while also letting them know their importance to you. However, also remember to spend fun times with them, as we all need rewards for our hard work, not to mention the need to just blow off a little steam ... something that exists even in the younger years.

Reading should also be equally emphasized early in a child's education and this can be done right from a tender age by reading to them. Reading in an interesting and animated way can help give them the motivation to read themselves, which can also help with their studies and general knowledge. Supporting them and teaching them the phonetic technique of reading is extremely important (with patience being key for this activity). However, with your involvement, you are directly contributing towards building a strong educational foundation for your kids.

Different preschools have different policies in terms of the involvement of the parents. So when making a choice of preschool for your kid, make sure you have assessed them well and also stick to a plan which you can stand up to (don't make promises that you can't keep). Most teachers know the importance of involving parents, especially as many are themselves a parent too. Hence, most encourage the active involvement of parents during preschool. Parents can get support in adopting strategies for improving their child’s education, things that can be done at home; with reading being one of the top priorities in this list.

The ideal time to implement such strategies would be during the summer months, as children do not have regular school work to attend to and many adults have a break from work at this time too. This break in routine can be a bit unbalancing for children, many resorting to sitting in front of the television or computer screen for hours on end. Even single parents can utilize some strategies to support their child, though they may lack lots of free time. In the case of single parents (and busy parents), setting up a schedule for homework and various other activities in the home can prove very beneficial and help have more of a positive effect on their children’s lives, even if they can't be their in person. A mix of fun and chores works best, normally so that the fun activities act as a motivator to complete the boring activities. However, all will help to build the character of your child and encourage them to feel proud of what they achieve and of a job well done.

If you can't be their yourself, small reward systems can be great motivators for children, so things like a star charts, coupon systems, or grand prizes are good for motivating your child to do what you ask of them. This can then be linked with chatty and supportive phone calls, if you have the time (even 5 minutes during a break can help as a motivator).

So, even if your life is busy, try to have a positive impact on your child's education and attitude to learning, as it can dramatically affect how their life turns out. Though you may not think a few minutes can help, your interest in what they are learning can really make a difference.

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    • healthylife2 profile image

      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Excellent article! I agree that it makes such a difference to be involved in the education of your children. I enjoyed teaching them the basics before preschool and continue to be involved. Sometimes it is exhausting because my older son is a not always so motivated but I think I will find out it was worth it one day. Another good reason to help over the Summer is to keep their minds awake for when the year starts but if over the Summer learning has to be fun. Voted up and shared!

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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I agree! I love being the reason my 2 yr old can count, name all the colors, and shapes! Children grow up in the home, not in a class room. Voting up and useful!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      There is NOTHING more important than your children! Seems as though these days parents are not taking the time to teach their children anything. Respect is rarely seem anymore, neither are manners. Parents need to spend more time with their children. Parents should be the foremost teachers of their children. Wonderful hub, voted up and awesome! Thank you for SHARING this information and I will be passing it on! :)

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Hi gjfalcone,

      I agree completely, sacrifice for your children is always worthwhile. Thanks for the votes!

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      gjfalcone 6 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

      The sacrifice is well worth the dividends as a parent. Important information. Great Hub. Voted ^ & Interesting

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      @ sunkentreasure

      Thanks for your nice blessing.

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      Bless your children with the power of prayer

      Celebrate their uniqueness

      Feed them encouragement and inspiration

      and let them feel they are greatly loved.

      Teach your children the beauty of kindness

      Enrich them with the wonders of nature

      Fill their hearts with joyful melody

      and always be their friend.

      Clothe your children in goodness

      Make their world full of nice surprises

      Help them to follow their dreams

      and thank God they came into your life.

      © Bernard Levine

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Hi zzronmany,

      I agree with you! Too many young parents don't seem to teach their children anything about manners, respect and common decency. This is up to parents to teach, the school is only an additional support.

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Hi ITcoach,

      Thanks for the votes and agreeing. It is important for parents to take part in their child's education, as a lot of the responsibility falls on them ... the school comes later on in life and even then should not replace the parent, but should work side by side.

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Hi alocsin,

      I think that you are right. The way that Asian families get involved with their children's lives makes a big difference!

      Over this way I have seen how driven the Korean children are and they would put most UK students of the same age to shame.

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      zzron 6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Very beautiful and educational. Too many young parents today have dropped the ball when it comes to teaching their children manners respect and common decency. It is not the school system or the government who is responsible for raising today's children. It is the parents. It may very well take a village to raise a child, but it is the parents first and foremost priority to raise educate and bring up their children to be productive law-abiding self-sufficient decent human beings.

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      ITcoach 6 years ago from United States

      100% Agree with you as I believe on these things.These issues not only important for your child education but also for the rest of life too.Parents should get involved with their child education center and academic life, as it can act as a very positive influence on their kid’s life. It help children to get through their early academic life.

      Great great information. voted up and awesome.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I quite agree. One of the reason's that Asian-American children in the U.S. do well in school is not because of their innate genius, but for many, homework is a family affair, with the parents getting heavily involved. Voting this Up and Interesting.