Every parent should know what is going on in their child’s daily school life. A parent should do the following things every day. Ask your child how their school day went. Engage in conversation about what they learned, whom their friends are, what they had for lunch, etc. Make sure child has time set aside to complete homework and be there to answer any questions or assist when needed. Read all notes/memos sent home from the school and/or teacher. Notes are the primary form of communications between a teacher and parents. Look for them and read them to stay up-to-date on events. Value your child’s education and express the importance of it every single day. This is arguably the single most valuable thing a parent can do when it comes to their child’s education. Those that value education often thrives and those that don’t often fail. In case you have any concerns, immediately conduct the teacher of your child. I cannot tell you how many times I have dealt with a student discipline issue where the parent will come in tremendously supportive and apologetic about their child’s behavior as an administrator. Often they tell you that they are going to ground their child and discipline them at home on top of the school’s punishment.

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However, they tell you that nothing was done when you inquire with the student the next day. Children need structure and discipline. There should be consequences from both the school and home in case your child makes a mistake. This will show the child that both the parent and school are on the same page and that they aren’t going to be allowed to get away with that behavior. However, you do not have to promise to take care of it at home in case you don’t have any intent on following through on your end. It sends an underlying message that the child can make a mistake, but in the end there isn’t going to be a punishment when you practice this behavior. How would you handle it in case your child came home from school and told you that their teacher threw a box of Kleenexes at them? Would you call or meet the principal and demand that the teacher be removed? Would you call and request a meeting with the teacher to ask them calmly if they could explain what happened? Would you instantly assume that they are telling the truth? Would you aggressively approach the teacher and make accusations? Our choice is the worst kind of slap in the face to an educator in case you are a parent who chooses anything other than 4. Parents who take their child’s word over an adult before consulting with the adult challenge their authority. The teacher should be given the right to explain their side without being viciously attacked first while it is entirely possible that the child is telling the truth. Children leave out crucial facts, when explaining situations like this to their parent too many times.