Effective Parenting

Families whose children do well in school often do these things:
  • Establish a daily routine
  • Monitor their children’s out-of school activities
  • Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work
  • Express high expectations for their success
  • Encourage their learning and progress in school, and stay in touch with their teachers
  • Read, write, and have frequent conversation
  • Use community resources like libraries, recreation centers, after-school programs, family resources centers, clinics, etc.
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Build a supportive home environment
It is very important that the parent provide a supportive home studying environment. In order to do this successfully, Dorothy Rich – Educator and author of the article "You Can't Teach What You Don't Know," Education Week, September 16, 1998 – states that:
  • Parents/Guardians must know how to organize their own lives
  • Parents/Guardians must communicate to children the importance of a good education
  • Parents/Guardians must discipline children in constructive ways
  • Parents/Guardians have strategies that can turn bored students into excited ones
  • Parents/Guardians themselves have a strong sense of themselves as learners
  • Parents/Guardians must demonstrate learning initiative in their own lives
  • Parents/Guardians are experienced goal-setters in their own lives
  • Parents/Guardians have sufficient self-confidence to have meaningful discussions with teachers
One would assume that many parents/guardians do not posses all of these traits and abilities naturally. Instead, we all must make a conscious effort to improve our performance in these areas.

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Get help from your child's school
Schools generally provide tips and instruction on how to integrate these traits and abilities into the home environment. Parents/guardians can get more information on what types of resources their schools can provide in these areas by using any of the communication networks listed below:
  • Letters/Notes/Memos
  • PTA/PTO Meetings
  • School Councils/Committees
  • Home visits by school
  • Drop-in visits to school
  • Phone call to teacher
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
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Ways to get involved
Here is a list of activities that a parent can champion as a way to get involved with a school.
  • Class mother/father
  • Attend school events
  • Tutoring/Mentoring
  • Aide
    • paid/unpaid
    • school wide
    • classroom
    • library
    • lunchroom
    • playground
  • Parent association officer/member
  • Fund raising
  • Chaperone (field trips/dances)
  • Team teacher/instructor
  • Lecturer/demonstrator/presenter
  • Curriculum development member
    • committee
    • task force
    • school council
  • Site improvement
  • Advocacy/lobbying
  • Monitor (class/school)
  • Crossing guard
  • Community service volunteer
  • Consultant
  • Club sponsor
  • High school coach
  • Room parent
  • Student publications advisor
  • Theatrical director
  • Transportation provider
  • Reader/help proof papers
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Resource provider
    • technical assistance
    • materials/equipment
    • in-kind services
    • scholarships
  • Develop and attend
    • after-school programs
    • parent/teacher programs
  • Participate in continuing education and counseling programs established after school
  • Work through your company
    • as a volunteer
    • obtaining corporate donations/ equipment/technical assistance
    • hiring a student
    • seeking apprenticeships/internships for students and teachers
    • become liaison between school and business
    • initiate a partnership with a school
  • Help create a local education foundation
  • Organize a school/community day care
  • Offer to provide professional development for teachers
  • Parent center volunteer
  • Child watch program volunteer
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For more information contact:

Jeron Campbell, Ed.L.D.
Founder and Executive Director
(313) 506-3677
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