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.

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.


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

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

For more information contact:

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