Keeping parents involved in their student’s lives benefits you, the student, the family, and society. Establishing trust and a good relationship with parents will make communication go smoother if an issue arises… and save you lots of headaches. The lessons you teach are more likely to get enforced at home, which helps the student’s learning process. Parents are more aware of the assignments their children have, which can help them make sure students complete assignments and give parents access to you if they have a question about something. When students, teachers, and families work together, everything functions smoother, which produces more effective teaching and, therefore, citizens.
So how do you know if your level of support and involvement is optimal? Simple – ask your child. Stein et al. (3) recommend that you discuss with your child the ways in which you are involved, and ask your child how he or she wants you to be involved. They also recommend discussing with your child things that you might do involving their sports participation that could be perceived as stressful for your child, and also things that your child enjoys. If your child feels you are a bit over-involved, it may be difficult to hear. The best thing you can do for them in this case is to really take to heart how they feel and reduce your involvement if necessary, no matter how much it hurts.