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 rmhodges@ag.tamu.edu. 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.