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Offered by: Janine Lechleitner, CPNP – Premier Pediatrics

Back to school time is always bitter sweet. It signals the end of lazy (hopefully) sunny days and fun times with our children. However sometimes there is that little glimmer of excitement that we as parents have when our children are whisked away for several hours each day. “Now I have time to do…” we say once school starts; leaving the education to the teachers.

While teachers are critical to the academic success of our children, so is parental involvement. Studies have linked parental involvement with improved child behavior, regular school attendance, improved academic achievement, and an overall positive attitude of children toward school.

Whether our children admit it or not, being an involved parent will make them aware of how much you care about their education. Being involved helps our children know that they can come to us as parents when they face challenges at school be it an academic challenge or challenges with peers.

Children do model adult behaviors, and when children see parents actively participating in their education they will hopefully realize the importance of education. Parental involvement can boost a child’s self-esteem, motivation, and discipline. Ultimately parental involvement helps children to develop into happy, productive, and responsible members of society.

So as we start to think about all the things we will have time to do once our children are back in school, please make sure that one of those things is being involved in your child’s school.

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