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writers-blockby Corinne Wnek

Remember those back to school commercials from a few years ago that featured ecstatic parents gliding along on a shopping cart in a school supply store? Their darling children stood frozen and expressionless as a voiceover could be heard singing, “It’s the mooost wonderful time of the year!”

But judging from the feedback I got, it seems most students are actually happy to be back in school
Students have already been given the lay of the academic land. Now, as parents, it’s your turn to be informed because education is a partnership of school and home. Here’s how you can be a standout in the school, a Very Impressive Parent!

It is important to remember that your child’s teachers love what they do and they’re not in the job for the money. Time off, maybe, but not the money. As parents, try to remember this when you are meeting with a teacher. No teacher can feel successful if the students in their charge are not successful, so student success makes everybody a winner.

A teacher friend of mine has a sign in his classroom that says, “No Whining.” That’s good advice for both kids and adults. Parents know that kids whine when they are asked to do chores they don’t want to do. It’s the same way with homework and studying. Expect whining, but don’t give in to it.

So here, from a former teacher, are four steps to becoming a Very Impressive Parent:

  • Set a positive tone and express interest in learning with your child. Be a good cheerleader for your school.
  • Insist that your child do what is expected of them because we all have to live by rules or accept the consequences.
  • Work with the school to solve problems constructively remembering that there needs to be a little give and take on both sides.
  • Don’t badmouth a teacher when a private conversation with the teacher might reveal another side of a story.

Follow these simple ideas and you’re sure to make the parent honor roll.

 


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