Friday, February 18, 2011

6 Ways to Better Assist Your Child and His/Her Education by Mrs. Dorothy Barron

Parents Taking Charge in Education: 6 Ways to Better Assist Your Child and His/Her Education by Mrs. Dorothy Barron

“Learning is a process similar to walking; each child begins when he/she is ready” (Mrs. D. Barron)

1.   Start Early
            A. Get to know your Child- the best way to do so; spend time with him/her. If such is difficult, simply learn to observe your child; some of the most important aspects about your child can be ascertained by simply observing and listening when your child is not aware of your doing so. You may begin to view his/her talents, abilities; hobbies; things and people that matter most to your child, etc., and etc.
            B. Set positive examples- a child does what he/she sees (in the Parent/Adult), not necessarily what he/she is told (by the Parent/Adult); enough said!
            C. Lay off the Pressure as well as unreasonable expectations- too much pressure will only produce neurotic and antisocial young adults if they reach the stage of adulthood. Allow your child the opportunity to dream, play and grow at a child’s pace.

2.   Get Involved and Stay Involved
            A. Your involvement begins at conception and remains at least until the child reaches the legal age of caring for self.
            B. If you wait until your child is between 3rd and 5th Grade, your child may not be able to catch up academically; wait until high school, your child cannot catch up.
            C. Getting involved and staying involved can save you, the Parent much trouble and heartache.

3.   Become an Informed Parent
            A. Know where you child/ren is/are
            B. Know your child/ren’s friends and acquaintances
            C. Know what is occurring in their world- in and out of school

4.   Educate Yourself about the Education Process
            A. Do you know what to expect of an effective school?
            B. Do you know what is expected of your child in education?
            C. Do you know the chain of command in Education, the process of holding a school conference and/or how to handle unresolved conflict between you and educators?

5.    Parents, Do not Create Unnecessary Conflict among Yourselves on School Issues
            A. Different Parents have different expectations and desire different things for their children; understand this fact and you can move forward.
            B. Constant conflict divides and impedes; therefore, seek remedies.
            C. Exercise Choice in Education; the goal is to seek the best educational setting and method of teaching for the child.

6.    Ensure that Your Child has a Solid, Well-grounded Foundation in Education
            A. Can your child read, write, spell and complete basic Math equations which entail adding, subtracting, multiplication and division?
            B. Give your child the cereal box and ask him/her to read information on the box. Ask your child to write a short paragraph (5-10 sentences) on his/her favorite subject or hobby. As for Math, allow your child to assist you with balancing your checkbook or budget (using a blank sheet of paper) for this month.
            C. Provide some outside the classroom fun activities or experiences for your child. One can learn from any activity or experience.

Incorporating the above strategies can assist you with helping your child become a well-rounded, well-grounded, educated, responsible, achieving and independent adult.

Mrs. Dorothy Barron, Author
Parents Taking Charge in Education at

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