Our kids spend a lot of time in school. It only makes sense to foster good relationships between parents and teachers since we all want what’s best for our children. With help from my sister, who is a first grade teacher, here is a list we came up with. Feel free to add your own.
1 – Encourage on-time and regular attendance at school
For older students, this helps form habits that are needed to be good employees. Younger students can learn to use an alarm clock and get themselves ready in the morning.
2 – Do not bad-mouth the teacher or school administration
Kids go to school repeating what is said at home. Eventually, this gets back to the teacher. A meeting or phone call with the teacher can often clear up any issues.
3 – Show up to school functions
This doesn’t mean you have to attend every concert and sporting event, but go to enough things that you feel part of the school community. Your child wants you there, too!
4 – Don’t make excuses for your child’s behavior
Kids do stupid things. They need to be held accountable. This is not necessarily a reflection on your parenting.
5 – Support them with their homework
This doesn’t mean to do it for them; there are varying levels of help needed, depending on your child’s age and the assignment. But do make sure they have a quiet place to study and the tools they need to get their work done. Read with them!
6 – Show respect to those in charge
Teachers and school administrators are privy to information that parents do not necessarily know. Understand that their actions are usually based on this knowledge and you most likely don’t know the “whole story”.
7 – Attend Parent-Teacher conferences
Teachers put a lot of work into preparing for these conferences and sometimes it’s the only time you have to discuss your child’s progress. For older students, when parent-teacher conferences are more like speed-dating than in-depth discussions, it’s nice to just thank the teacher for their support. They spend a lot of time with your moody teenager!
8 – Promote organization at home so your child is prepared for school
Kids that arrive at school without homework, gym clothes, field trip permission slips, etc. make the teachers’ job just that much harder.
9 – Have regular conversations about school
If the answer to “How was your day?” is always just “Fine.”, it’s time to develop better questions and conversation starters. Here are some great ideas for both younger kids and teens:
10 – Don’t overbook your child
Each child has a different capacity. Make sure you’re not filling up their schedule so much that they are exhausted or unable to give their best in school. And of course allow time for homework!
My next post will be about how we celebrate our Favorite Teachers!