As a mum, there have been a number of times where I have genuinely questioned the validity of my input into my kid’s educational activities. Sometimes the context of the project has left me stumped, feeling a little out of sync and sometimes even a little lacking.
But the role of parents and how their involvement impacts their children’s capacity to learn cannot be underestimated. I did some digging online and came across some research and articles that really encouraged me.
The crux is that it’s not so much about how much we are involved, but the way in which we involve ourselves in their learning.
Attention, quality time and being creative with the time we spend with our kids are all vital keys to helping our kids become lifelong learners who know how to expand their educational territory and become more informed and capable adults.
Following are just a few of the reasons why we should never underestimate our role as parents. You can access all the articles at the end of this post.
- The role of parents in the education of their child depends on the parental role construction they have. The better you view your role, the more likely this will translate to your kids.
- Parents engagement directly correlates with student academic progress and lifelong learning outcomes. This doesn’t mean we hover and micromanage but it does mean that as we make ourselves available to our kids and model good learning habits, we influence their understanding of what they can also achieve in their learning.
- Children become engaged lifelong confident learners when parental engagement is healthy and supportive.
- Parental involvement is associated with various indicators of student development.
- Students emotional, mental and physical wellbeing is influenced by positive parental engagement.
- The academic encouragement parents provide is more powerful than the support provided by friends.
In short, the National Education Association (US) says “When parents are involved in their children’s education, kids do better in school.” There is a direct link between parental support and academic progress. They found that “Students with involved parents, no matter what their income or background, are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, be promoted, pass their classes and earn credits, and attend school regularly.”
As you can see these are some pretty important reasons for us as parents to get involved over the long term of our kid’s educational development. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. It is integral and I am excited that I found these resources to share with you.
If you want to read the full articles, they are linked below. The PDF document from the Family and Community Partnerships Bureau is lengthy but fascinating, and worth the read. You can skim through to topics as well and there’s not too much academic speak to sift through.
Over to You
As a parent, have you found that there are resources that have encouraged you to keep being intentionally involved in your kids’ education? Have you had to overcome hurdles that we could all gain from your wisdom through? Share with us!