Henderson and Berla (1994) describe
the following ways that parents can help their children do well in school:
Actions Parents Can Take to Help Their Children Succeed in School
"Establishing a daily family routine.
- Providing time and a quiet place to study.
- Assigning responsibility for household chores.
- Being firm about times to get up and go to bed.
- Having dinner together.
Monitoring out-of-school activities.
- Setting limits on TV watching.
- Checking up on children when parents are not home.
- Arranging for after-school activities and supervised care.
Modeling the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
- Communicating through questioning and conversation.
- Demonstrating that achievement comes from working hard.
- Using reference materials and the library.
Expressing high but realistic expectations for achievement.
Encouraging children's development and progress in school.
- Setting goals and standards that are appropriate for children's ages and maturity.
- Recognizing and encouraging special talents.
- Informing friends and family about successes.
- Maintaining a warm and supportive home.
- Showing interest in children's progress at school.
- Helping with homework.
- Discussing the value of a good education and possible career options.
- Staying in touch with teachers and school staff.
Reading, writing, and discussions among family members:
- Reading, listening to children read, and talking about what is being read.
- Discussing the day over dinner.
- Telling stories and sharing problems.
- Writing letters, lists, and messages.
Using community resources for family needs:
- Enrolling in sports programs or lessons.
- Introducing children to role models and mentors.
- Using community services." (p. 9-10)
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