The goal of k-12 education is to prepare young people for life as a productive adult. The schools have a major responsibility to ensure your child is ready for either higher education or for the workforce. Schools can only do so much, the rest is the responsibility of the parents and other family members. There is much you can do as a parent to ensure your child has the best chance for success in life after schooling.
Seeing your child to the kind of quality adult life you wish them to have started long before kindergarten and continues well into their schooling. In fact, many parents remain deeply involved in their children’s careers with good effect. The main caution in being involved in a child’s or young adult’s life is that you allow them freedom to be who they choose to be. Forcing any child or young adult into choices they are not comfortable with may cause resentment and affect their happiness.
An important role of parents with regards to their child’s education is to simply be aware of what is going on. Be watchful for any type of indicators of difficulty in schooling. Not only should parents pay attention to grades and scholastic performance but also parents should note behavioral changes that can indicate social issues, poor work ethic, drug use or other changes in a child that could indicate a problem.
Parents who are more involved in their child’s schooling have children that get better test scores and a more developed work ethic. Parents should not be afraid to take on stronger roles in what happens at school. In most cases, parents can talk with teachers and ask for ways they can become involved in class work, field trips and other activities sponsored by the school. Most teachers welcome the help and find it gratifying to see parents and their children work closely together as it increases that child’s chances for future success.
Try to set a good example for your children. That shows the child that you have a good work ethic, integrity, and strong social connections through friends, church and other groups interaction. When you demonstrate the things you hope to instill in your child you improve your life as well as encourage your children to do the same. It might not always be easy or convenient to perform as expected in your responsibilities but in doing so you greatly increase the chances of your child’s success as an adult.
There are many other things that parents can do to help their children grow up into quality adult life. Parents can look to teachers for advice, seek out groups of other active parents, get to know the families of their kid’s friends. The more involved you are as a parent without stifling or forcing your child the better that child will do through the rest of their lives.