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Benefits of Single Parent Involvement in Child Education

Aug 17, 2007
Single parent involvement in child education may seem hard to do, but in reality, it is easier than you think.

Benefits of Parental Involvement in Child Education

A parent's involvement in their child's school and academic life has positive effects on her child's growth, not only in school, but later on in life. The more a parent is involved in her child's education, the more likely the child is to achieve higher than average grades, and develop a positive attitude towards school and homework. These children are also more likely to pursue higher education.

Given the benefits, for some parents, however, involvement in their child's education may seem unworkable, and is true especially for working and single parents. Single parent involvement in child education is a challenge. Single parents feel they may not be able to contribute to their child's learning or to their child's school because of endless commitments to work, time constraints, and financial struggles.

It is possible to get involved in your child's education!

Difficult as it seems, it is absolutely crucial for parents to find the time to participate in their child's education. Single parent involvement in child education may currently seem unattainable, but take heart, there are simple things single or working parents can do to further their child's education and ability to learn.

Single parent involvement in child education may be as simple as finding out what your child is being taught in school and asking them about their day. Single parents can try alternative ways to become involved in their child's education, such as quiz your child as you make dinner, have a mock "at home spelling bee" on the weekends or make the most of the morning drive by popping an educational CD into the car stereo when bringing your child to school.

Single parents can set aside time during the evenings to read to or just spend time talking with their children. Single parents should also put together a schedule and set specific times for homework and tutoring to take place. Clearing a space for your child to study will help reinforce the importance of focus while engaging in school work.

If possible, single parent involvement in child education should extend to the classroom. Periodically, single parents can attend parent-teacher conferences, and other school events, or join the PTA.

Putting a child in team sports, music lessons and art classes can help develop a his capacity for learning. Though this may be a big time commitment for the parent, it will pay off down the road, as children pick up valuable social skills and benefit from a well- rounded education based on active learning.

Ultimately, it is the parent's responsibility to make sure their child gets a quality education. Single parent involvement in child education may seem so a hard task at times, but is crucial to the ongoing development and continuing success of your child in life.
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