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Why You Should Get Involved in Your Child’s Activities, Hobbies, and School

Why You Should Get Involved

It’s probably no secret that children who have involved parents are more happy, healthy, and well-adjusted and excel at their educational and extracurricular pursuits. It can increase their cognitive development, keeps them motivated, strengthens the parent-child relationship, and has a direct positive influence on their overall academic achievement. In turn, it can also help parents achieve a positive outlook on their parenting, increase their own self confidence and self esteem, and will most likely feel more satisfied with their child’s educational experience at school.

But where do you get involved? With today’s busy schedules between home, work, and school, it may feel that the average family has very little quality time to offer. However, different options and levels of commitment are available to fit every parent’s availability, and with some careful planning and dedication, you can make it a positive experience for both yourself and your child.

First of all, discover what your child is most passionate about. Maybe you’ve thought about volunteering for the school bake sale to raise money, but your child is actually more actively involved in her local Girl Scouts troop. If that’s the case, then get together with the other Girl Scout parents and see what you can contribute to help the troop. Maybe you could organize a bake sale to benefit their next summer outing.

It’s also important to consider what skills, talents and abilities you can bring to the table. Maybe your child’s school is in desperate need of your help organizing a fundraiser, but your skills in sewing and designing might better serve the school if you were to help in making the costumes for the school play. Remember, you want this to be a positive experience for both of you, and if your child senses that you’re not happy with what you’ve chosen to become involved in, then they likely will not be happy as well.

But the bottom line is get involved and stay involved. Children of involved parents are less likely to get into mischief, have emotional problems, or have problems in school. You benefit by connecting with and staying connected to your child. It’s a win-win situation for you both.

Suggested Resources for You

Taking Charge of Your Child's Education: A guide to becoming the primary influence in your child's life. Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education: A guide to becoming the primary influence in your child’s life  Do you want to give your child the best start in life possible? Do you want to get more involved in their educational process? Would you like to become the primary influence in your child’s life? Make no mistake, this is not a pamphlet full of fluff, instead it is full of helpful information, tools, and resources! As you read through this book, you’ll find “taking action” areas at the end of the chapters. I really wanted to include some tangible things that will help give ideas of how you can purposefully enrich your relationship with your child and your family. Taking Charge of Your Child’s Education is really all about building and maintaining strong relationships within your family unit. As well as preparing, guiding, and encouraging your children throughout their youth and into adulthood. The real lessons that will influence your child start right there in your own home. This book is a must read for any parent dedicated to giving their child the best future possible.

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