Three Good Reasons for Building a Bond with Your Child’s School


When my oldest began First Grade, a neighbor of mine who had children a little older than mine, gave me this suggestions:

If you’re not going to volunteer in the school, don’t grumble in the schoolyard.

I felt it was a bit harsh at the time, but in hindsight, it was invaluable. There are a lot of advantages to getting involved and as the expression goes, “Actions speak louder than words.” Contributing time and talents to constructing a strong and healthy school environment has one huge upside: kids have a better opportunity for scholastic and social success.

Develop a Positive Home/School Partnership …

For Your Child
For Your School
For Yourself
Your Child:

” Who does not desire their parents to care about them?”– Fifth Grade Student

Volunteering makes kids feel as if you’re interested. It also makes it much easier for them to talk to you when things are going well– or when things need a course correction.

” Say anything but it’s all in the shipment.”

When you state positive features of kids or their efficiency in school, they strive to do better. When you learn more about their teacher, it’s easier to get a sense of how they’re performing in the classroom and how you can support the teacher’s efforts at home.

Tangled Ball Tip: When the instructor does something right, send a note. Educators are human, too, and saying favorable things is an incentive for them, too.

The School:

” I specify connection as the energy that exists in between individuals when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can offer and receive without judgment; and when they derive nourishment and strength from the relationship.”– Brené Brown

Schools require assistance to flourish and depend upon volunteers to create that connection and community. Developing a kind environment takes the effort of both houses and schools. It’s a process of declaring each other’s values.

According to Scott Seider, author of ‘Character Compass: How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success’, the most effective schools construct on character and comprehend the power of synergy between home and school.

I believe that almost all of us would concur that the primary character educators in kids’s lives are their parents. None of the schools profiled in Character Compass would describe themselves as trying to take over this function, but rather to supplement and strengthen the lessons that students are finding out in your home.

For Parents:

Work and life pressures often make it difficult to volunteer but it’s worth getting innovative and taking the time.

Moms and dads frequently form deep and long lasting bonds with other school parents. Children need excellent and trusted Go-To Adults … but so do moms and dads. They’re often the like-minded people that share our top priorities and are volunteering ideal next to us.

Susan was a public affairs consultant for more than 25 years specializing in problems that impact the home, consisting of parenting, education and health. She is married with four kids and 2 grandchildren.

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