Speaking Out about Parental Involvement

     Parents often ask me how to make their own family more like Jimmy’s in Danny Meets Jimmy. One answer is being actively involved in their children’s education and lives. Research on the effects of parental involvement shows a consistent, positive relationship between parents’ participation in their children’s education and their children’s academic performance. Studies show also that parental involvement is associated with lower dropout and truancy rates. There is no question anymore that parental involvement positively impacts the education of children.

     Parents often ask my how they can increase their involvement. If their children attend school outside the home, they should make sure to meet their children’s teachers and stay actively connected to them with notes to and from school. A lot of teachers use e-mail these days to stay in touch with parents as well. There are a number of creative ideas for being involved with children, for example cooking with one’s children. These are just a couple of examples of the many ways parents can become more involved in their children’s lives.

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