Par­ents and teach­ers: Work­ing to­gether for suc­cess­ful schools

The Covington News - - EDUCATION -

Teach­ers are re­spon­si­ble for teach­ing our chil­dren. Par­ents or guardians, schools can’t do their job if your child is ab­sent. Learn­ing builds day by day. A child who misses a day of school misses a day of learn­ing. Par­ents should lead by ex­am­ple. If chil­dren see par­ents tak­ing off work for no real rea­son, they may ex­pect to be able to do the same thing and not at­tend school reg­u­larly.

Par­ents, don’t take your child out of school for va­ca­tions, shop­ping ex­cur­sions or other non- med­i­cal rea­sons. It sends the mes­sage that school isn’t that im­por­tant. Make doc­tor or den­tist ap­point­ments af­ter school or dur­ing vacation if pos­si­ble.

Re­search shows that chil­dren who are in school most of the time do bet­ter on state tests. Stud­ies show that chil­dren who are ab­sent more of­ten score lower on state tests.

Be­ing late for school hurts a child’s learn­ing, too. A stu­dent who is 10 min­utes late ev­ery­day will miss 30 hours of in­struc­tion dur­ing the year.

Chil­dren can copy notes or make up an as­sign­ment, but they can never get back what’s most im­por­tant — the dis­cus­sions, the ques­tions, the ex­pla­na­tions by the teacher and the think­ing that makes learn­ing come alive.

A child’s suc­cess in school de­pends on hav­ing a solid ed­u­ca­tion back­ground — one that can only be gained through reg­u­lar school at­ten­dance.

Think your teens know all the rules? Are you will­ing to bet their fu­ture on it?

As a par­ent, you know that your teens need your guid­ance to help them make the right choices in life and steer them in the right di­rec­tion. It is up to you to set the rules, en­force the rules and com­mu­ni­cate with teens reg­u­larly about choices that im­pact their lives. Ev­ery­day, teens are faced with mul­ti­ple de­ci­sions, from whom to hang out with to whether or not to en­gage in drug use, drink­ing, smok­ing or sex.

Since mar­i­juana is the most com­monly use drug among teens, it is im­por­tant to have an open di­a­logue and firm rules about mar­i­juana us­age and many of the is­sues that teens en­counter. Don’t as­sume that your teens know or don’t need to be re­minded about the risks and neg­a­tive con­se­quences as­so­ci­ated with their ac­tions, par­tic­u­larly when they are bom­barded with pow­er­ful in­flu­ences like peer pres­sure, television and mixed mes­sages from movies, mu­sic, videos and video games.

To­day is a good day to re­mind your teens where you stand. The lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion are key, so talk to them. Make your ex­pec­ta­tions clear. Drugs are not ac­cept­able. Get­ting your teens to agree can help them earn your trust — which is some­thing all teens want.

Re­mem­ber to keep close tabs on your teens. They have many in­flu­ences in their lives, and they need you to help them nav­i­gate through life and make the right de­ci­sions. Know where your teens are and whom they’re with. Cell phones make it eas­ier than ever to just check in. It’s not say­ing you don’t re­spect their space or don’t trust them, it’s send­ing a clear mes­sage that you care.

Above all else, par­ents are the num­ber one in­flu­ence in your teens’ lives so lead by ex­am­ple. Your teens are learn­ing from you. Show the teens your love and that ac­tions speak louder than words. Set the rules, en­force the rules and talk to your teens about risky be­hav­ior and con­se­quences. En­sure that your teens have a fu­ture that is filled with hope and suc­cess.

Louise B. Adams


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