Educators: Teacher attributes that parents like most

Why do some teachers get along well with parents … and others don’t? Research points to several personal attributes that have a positive influence on teachers’ relationships with both parents and students: warmth, openness, sensitivity, flexibility, reliability and accessibility. Parents say that these teacher characteristics are also desirable: trust, closeness, positive self-image, effective classroom management,[…]

Educators: Give Families a ‘Fitness Challenge’

We know that students who eat right and exercise are not only healthier—they are also more fit for learning! So why not engage families in a food and fitness challenge? Suggest kids challenge their parents to see who can live the healthiest lifestyle for a week. The family member who eats the healthiest breakfasts and[…]

Parents: Team up with your child’s teachers

Homework struggles shouldn’t lead to discipline struggles at home. If your child feels frustrated and overwhelmed at homework time, it’s time for teamwork! You and your child’s teachers have the same goal—academic success for your child. So here’s what to do: Make an appointment with the teacher. Identify the problem. The teacher spends hours with[…]

Parents: Mean what you say

“I’ve asked you twice to read your book. If you don’t finish that chapter in the next 10 minutes, Maria can’t sleep over tonight.” Many parents explain consequences this way—and that’s fine. But remember that it’s important for parents to mean what they say. If you know that Maria will be spending the night—no matter[…]

Parents: Question & Answer

Q: What can I do to make sure my child behaves properly in school? I try hard to monitor his behavior at home. But I can’t be sure about what happens when he arrives at school.   A: What happens at home affects what happens at school. And although you can’t be with your child[…]

Parents: Teach respect for rules and authority

The best lessons about respect for authority figures—especially teachers, coaches and other adults at school—can be taught right at home. As you talk with your child about respectful behavior: Explain why rules are important. Tell your child that teachers have rules because they care about their students. Disrupting the class when the teacher is trying[…]

Parents: Tardiness takes a toll on achievement

Missing school every now and then doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But being absent even part of a day can affect a student’s academic achievement in many ways, resulting in: Lower grades. Students who arrive after class begins miss important elements of a lesson. Missed information. Tardy students often miss hearing announcements and[…]

Educators: What do parents want to know?

There are some stories that parents would love to hear. These are things that take place in your school, sometimes without much notice. A student wins a 4H competition. A teacher tries out a new software package to make history come alive. Here are five stories parents want to hear about your school: Stories that[…]

Parents: Discipline dilemma – Lying

Your child may think she has a “good reason” for lying, but that doesn’t make it okay. If your child lies to you, here’s how to deal with the situation: • Figure out why she lies. If lying results in your giving her your undivided attention, that could be what your child is seeking. The solution may be to spend more one-on-one time together. • Let her[…]

Parents: Open the lines of communication

When you speak with your child, how well do you actually communicate? To make sure you communicate effectively: • Speak your child’s language. Use words she understands. • Stay calm. Even if you’re angry, try not to yell at her. • Watch your body language. When it comes to communicating with your child, nonverbal cues can speak volumes.