How Parental Involvement Improves Academic Performance
Not All Parents Are The Same
You’re sitting in a chair, waiting for your turn. You overhear the teacher speaking to other parents about their children’s performance. It makes you wonder about what she’ll say to you about yours.
Memories of you helping you study with your child come to mind. Flashcards. The dinner table. Ample lighting from above that complemented her smile.
You remember her face light up as she got answers right with the flip of the card. The feeling of accomplishment you felt from seeing the confidence in her eyes.
You knew that she was ready for her upcoming test. She was going to ace it for sure. She usually does.
You feel very fortunate that you have memories of her coming in through the front door after school. Immediately telling you how her day went.
Enthusiastic about life in a way you wish you were when you were her age. The thought made you proud to be a parent. You smile as you sit there in the hallway, outside the classroom.
You feel confident in your child’s performance in school. After all, you’ve kept up on your child’s tasks. You’ve used Kyndor to keep informed about events at the school.
Then, suddenly, four words snap you out of your daze:
“But your daughter is struggling,” you overhear from behind the door. “Is there no time you could set aside for her?”
You shake out of it and exhale a breath of relief. Ah, the teacher wasn’t speaking to you.
Her voice was faint, coming from the background. Though, you could hear something of the conversation from behind the door.
“I mean, I would really love to. I just have to constantly work…”
Said who must have been the father.
Spend Time With Your Children While You Can
The elementary school years are some of the most developmental for a child’s life. You have more power than you think to influence your child’s development.
They are the years in which the cast for their personalities are set. This will determine the course for the rest of their lives.
When they reach teenage years, they tend to grow independent from you. By then, your influence as a parent upon them will be minimal. At least, when compared to the amount you could influence them when they’re younger.
Now is the time to be as present as possible in your child’s life. If you don’t have time, make time.
You won’t get it back, and they’ll be grown before you know it.
You may grow old with surprise to see how the roles can reverse. If you don’t make time to spend with them now, they’ll accept that as a normality.
When your career meets its end, or whatever it may be that drains your time away, you’ll have time.
…but they won’t. Because they’ll be working.
On the other hand, let’s say that you continue to spend time with them now. You help them through their struggles as they grow. You’re there for them.
They will remember you. And your presence will be a normality to them instead.
Which is exactly why when you’re old, they may be working. Sure.
But they’ll have learned from your example how to make the time to be together with you.