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    Parents' Corner

    Parents play a key role in ensuring that their adolescent achieves school success. When parents, students, and staff work together, the student will obtain their academic goals. Some of the actions that parents can take to promote school success are:

    • communicate with school staff to be aware of homework assignments
    • review your child's homework
    • encourage child to be friends with positive role models
    • try to do something enjoyable with your child at least once a week
    • set clear expectations for students about homework
    • get to know your child's teachers by having a beginning-of-the-year conference
    • monitor where your child goes on the Internet (i.e. monitor Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat)
    • communicate with school staff when there is a concern with school
    • attend school functions such as conferences, programs, and other events
    • check to be sure your child is writing assignments in the agenda provided by the school
    • check your child's hall pass (in back of agenda) to monitor the amount of time your child is spending out of class.  
    • make sure your child reads at home
    • encourage students to talk about school, social acitivties and interest
    • teach standards of right and wrong and demonstrate these standards
    • provide a quiet place where your child can study
    • support school discipline policies
    • talk to your child about tobacco, drugs, alcohol, gangs, and violence
    • monitor your child's choices of TV programs, video games, and music

     

    Building Character: Ideas for Parents  

     

    • Be a positive role mode for your child in actions as well as words. Children may close their ears to advice, but they open their eyes to example.
    • Put yourself in someone else's shoes and encourage your child to do the same by practicing sensitivity and empathy.
    • Teach expectations of right and wrong to your children and encourage them to live up to their beliefs even when others do not.
    • Children need limits. Set them and insist they be respected.
    • Allow and encourage your child to do things for him/herself at an early age. Build on these independent tasks as your child matures and becomes ready for them.
    • Teach your child to treat others with courtesy and respect.
    • Listen to your child. Encourage open communication.
    • Help your child understand and celebrate all people.
    • Allow, and encourage, your child to solve his/her own day-to-day problems. Discuss options and give encouragement, but avoid taking over unless it is necessary.      
    • Share your heroes with your child. Explain why you admire certain people and which qualities they possess.
    • Practice good citizenship by involving your family in community activities.
    • Share household tasks with all family members, allowing them to see the relationship between rights and responsibilities.
    • Help your child understand that a reputation, good or bad, is easy to get but difficult to change.
    • Demonstrate and encourage healthy ways to resolve conflict both inside and outside of your home.
    • Hold yourself and other family members accountable for living up to the concepts of good character.
    • Answer your child's questions with respect, and expect your child to do the same with your questions.
    • Remind your child to say "please" and 'thank you."
    • Praise your child when deserved.
    • Make a big deal of the family meal.
    • Develop an ear and an eye for what your children are absorbing.
    • Review how you spend the hours and days of your week with your children.
    • Put parenting first.