How Involved Should Parents Be in Their Child’s Education?
In a recent blog, Dr. Tim Elmore addresses this relevant question. Read his guidance below.
During the past month, I found myself speaking to more than 6,500 parents in various locations across the U.S. I never have a more engaged audience than when I’m interacting with moms and dads.
That month, I found the most popular question was—how do I support my child in school?
Behind that question are looming thoughts like:
My daughter is so stressed out—should I just do her homework for her?
My son is so busy with sports and lessons—should I excuse him from doing his chores?
My kids are both falling behind—should I talk to their teacher about easing up a bit?
Today’s parental expectations are different than they were in the past. All generations of parents care about their kids’ future, but today, we feel we need to ensure they reach their goals, even if it means:
Negotiating their grade with a teacher, like we’re an agent.
Advising their coach on our kid’s playing time, like we’re a personal trainer.
Confronting those in conflict with our kid, like we’re a referee.
Intruding on an activity to control the outcomes, like we’re a court judge.