Hi there lovely people! So today on the blog I just want to touch a little about things teachers wish parents would do.
Generally speaking, there is always so much talk about work-life balance, you know, because we spend majority of our time at work. But what about our children? School is a major part of our children’s lives and likewise they spend a lot of time there. I thought then, it would be useful to ask a few teachers about things they wish parents would do to help their children thrive.
I believe that teachers play an important role in the upbringing of our children. We need to be open with and be willing to take advice from them. After all, we rely on them to make decisions about our children’s welfare. So, without further ado, I share with you 10 things teachers wished parents would do – all suggested by teachers themselves.
What can you do to help your child thrive in school?
- Make sure they have a healthy breakfast and lunch – Children need nourishing meals in order to stay alert at school. Hunger at school is linked to poor concentration and bad behaviour. A 2012 pilot study by IFS researchers found that children who received lunch were two months ahead of those who did not.
- Help them with homework – Helping your children with homework encourages them to work hard and gain confidence. It also gives parents the chance to keep abreast with their children’s schooling. Helping your children with homework however, does not mean doing it for them.
- Attend all parent teacher conferences – The occasional chat at drop off and pick up are not always enough. Parent teacher conferences are a great opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s progress both academically and behaviourally. Parent teacher conferences go both ways and allows for teachers and parents to work together to help your child succeed.
- Play an active part in P.T.A – Getting involved in P.T.As sets a good example for children. They have a sense of belonging knowing that their parents are invested in their school community. From career days to developing flyers-there are many many ways parents can be involved.
- Provide help for weak areas (tutoring/lessons) – Bigger class sizes means that teachers don’t always have the time during school hours to work with children who need additional help in their respective weak areas. Although they may want to, sometimes there are simply not enough hours in the day. Get additional tutoring/lessons for your children, particularly in key areas like reading and math when and if necessary.
- Respect advice regarding intellectual, emotional and behavioural difficulties – No parent wants to hear that their child could have learning difficulties. However, having a good rapport and respecting teacher’s advice to observe or have your child tested for learning or behavioural challenges should never be ignored.
- Be respectful – Even if you dislike something the teacher may have done, address it privately and never in front of the child. Showing disrespect this way can be transferred from the parent to the child.
- Find balance between school life with extra curricular activities – We all want to raise well-rounded children, but too much activity after school every day of the week is a stretch. Children need time to be just that, children, without the burden of wondering what comes next.
- Set and enforce bedtimes – Children who lack focus are hard to teach. Similar to making sure that your children have a healthy breakfast and lunch, they should have adequate rest. Sleep Council UK suggests that children aged to six need 10-12 hours; seven-twelve years – 10-11 hours; and teenagers – around eight to nine hours of sleep everyday.
- Don’t compare your child to others – Every child is unique. Comparing your child to others wreaks havoc on their self-esteem and self-worth. Encourage your children to love themselves and support them in their weak areas, rather than compare them to others.
Other special mentions:
- Check their backpacks
- Turn in permission slips early
- Avoid late pick ups – it is disrespectful to the teachers time and no child wants to be the last on the playground
There you have it folks. 10 things teachers wish parents would do. If we have any teachers reading this post, please drop us some comments below on what you would like to see parents do.
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