Dr. Mary L. Young has been a highly sought voice as an acclaimed educator for almost thirty years, serving in roles as a teacher, a principal, a school superintendent as well as having a key role in the South Carolina Department of Education. However, with her newfound celebrity as the bestselling author of The Prayer of Achsah: Getting Your Breakthrough From God, now Young is best known for her work as an influencer and motivator, sharing practical insight into life’s real issues. “The Fairy Godmother of Education,” as she’s affectionately known by adoring fans, has quickly become a breakout star as a social media influencer who shares tips to face life’s challenges with courage, passion, humour, and fun. Most recently she published, Act Like A Parent: Think Like A School Superintendent, to provide practical strategies to help parents advocate for their children in school.
In my newest, bestselling book, Act Like A Parent: Think Like A School Superintendent, I provide a few helpful resources to encourage parents to actively engage in their children’s education. The education system can seem like a maze for some parents, but that doesn’t mean that as a parent, you can’t still play an active role in the process.
As parents, one of the most important roles we play in our children’s lives is supporting their education. By actively engaging in their learning journey, we can foster a positive academic environment, enhance their motivation, and contribute to their overall success. However, it’s not always easy to know where to start or how to effectively participate.
It’s no secret that the education system can be complex and overwhelming at times. The thought of stepping into that world as a parent might seem intimidating, but fear not! You have everything it takes to make a meaningful impact in your child’s academic journey. Here’s why:
Your involvement boosts confidence: When children see their parents actively participating in their education, it sends a powerful message. It shows them that their education matters and that you believe in their abilities. Your involvement nurtures their self-confidence, helping them tackle challenges with resilience and enthusiasm. By being there for them, you’re paving the way for their success.
Involvement creates partnerships with teachers: Becoming involved in your child’s education allows you to establish a partnership with teachers, administrators, and fellow parents. Together, you form a supportive network that can enhance your child’s learning environment. Collaboration and open communication become the pillars of this support system, ensuring that your child receives the best educational experience possible.
It’s an opportunity to learn and grow together: Parental involvement is not just about guiding your child; it’s also an opportunity for your personal growth. As you engage with your child’s education, you’ll discover new teaching methods, explore diverse subjects, and gain insights into their unique learning style. This enriching experience can deepen your bond with your child while expanding your own knowledge base. Here are a few practical strategies and tips to help you become actively engaged in your children’s education.
Establish Open Communication Channels:
The foundation of active engagement begins with open and consistent communication between parents, children, and educators. Establish a strong rapport with your child’s teachers and maintain regular contact through parent-teacher conferences, emails, or online platforms. Actively seek feedback about your child’s progress, strengths, and areas for improvement. By nurturing a collaborative relationship, you can gain valuable insights into their educational experience and work together to address any concerns.
Create a Supportive Home Environment:
A supportive home environment plays a crucial role in promoting learning. Set aside a dedicated study area free from distractions where your child can focus and complete their homework or assignments. Encourage regular study routines and provide necessary resources such as books, stationery, and a computer. Display enthusiasm for education by showcasing the importance of reading, engaging in intellectual discussions, and demonstrating a positive attitude towards learning.
Prioritize Active Involvement:
Being actively involved means going beyond ensuring completion of homework. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher association meetings, curriculum nights, and school performances. Engage in school activities like volunteering for field trips or fundraising events. Participate in parent workshops or seminars to gain a deeper understanding of educational strategies and current trends. By actively involving yourself, you demonstrate to your child that education is a priority.
Support Homework and Study Habits:
Establish a structured routine for homework and study time. Create a quiet and organized space with minimal distractions. Be available to answer questions, offer guidance, and provide constructive feedback. Encourage good study habits, such as breaking tasks into manageable chunks, setting deadlines, and practicing effective time management. Teach your child the importance of perseverance and the value of seeking help when needed.
Becoming actively engaged in your children’s education is a powerful way to support their academic growth and overall development. By establishing open communication channels, creating a supportive home environment, and actively participating in their educational journey, you can foster the awakening of their truest potential. And, as a parent, you may be surprised at what you learn along the way.
Dr. Mary L. Young
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