Your school-age children often spend more time with their teachers than they do you.
It is important that you, your children, and their teachers have a good working relationship.
A good relationship will help your child do better in school, as well as reduce stress in your life.
Some ideas for building a relationship of trust with your children’s teachers are:
• Be aware of difficulties. If you learn about a problem, investigate as soon as possible. Listen to both sides. (Many parents believe that their child is always right, and many parents believe that the teacher is always right).
• Talk to your child about daily events at school.
• Be involved in homework. Find out if your child’s teacher regularly assigns homework and “visit” with your child about their responsibility for homework.
• Make sure your child has a quiet place to work. After dinner, the kitchen table can be a good place to study, if it is quiet and well-lit.
• Establish a routine at home. Set up regular times to do homework, play, and go to bed.
If your child brings home a disappointing report card:
• Sit down with your child and look over the report card.
• Praise your child. Find at least one good thing on the report card; attendance, no tardies, etc.
• Be calm! Let your child tell you about his or her grades.
• Ask how you can help your child to do better.
• Ask what your child can do to make better grades.
• Make a plan with your child’s teacher and your child to do better.
Plan to work with your child’s teachers for a most successful school year!
Rita M. Hodges is the Ellis County Extension Agent-Family & Consumer Sciences Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Contact Rita at 972-825-5175 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. The Texas A & M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.