Our exuberant educator ,Ms Manjiree Gaikwad talks about how parental involvement in children’s lives is of utmost importance.
Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. From their first moments of life, children depend on parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs thereby forming a child’s first relationships. A parent is the child’s first teacher & should remain their best teacher throughout life.
Value education plays an important part as they teach children the difference between right and wrong. The pivotal role of a parent is to provide encouragement, support & access to activities that enable the child to master developmental tasks.
If parents are actively involved in their child’s schooling, they will learn the importance of education & try to emulate those behaviors from them as children tend to model adult behavior. It encourages communication between them which can foster high self-esteem and confidence.
Many families don’t see the value of participating & don’t believe that their involvement will result in any meaningful change.
According to a survey, parents who are actively involved with their children earnhigher grades, have better social skills, and show improved behavior.Being active in a school’s parent group is an important way to increase involvement.
Some schools foster healthy parental involvement through events and volunteering, but sometimes it’s up to the parents to involve themselves with their children’s education.
Events such as Grandparent’s day, Mom and Me, Dad and Me, Annual day etc. allows the family members to spend quality time as well as connect with the school.
Sometimes the efforts for healthy participation fail because of nuclear family system as well as unbalanced priorities. Lack of time is the major reason given by family members.
Some of the things that parents can follow:
- Cultivating care& a self-motivated attitude
- Understanding your child’s aptitude
- Good communication skills
- Getting involved
- Importance of extracurricular involvement
For the transition from a child to a successful youngster, the family’s constant support is essential. Consistently motivating your child to do what he is trying to would definitely make them a better citizen!