Every parent wants to see their child succeed in life. The problem is that the modern working parent has little time to spend with their children. They work extremely hard to provide for every opportunity in learning and tend to neglect their own involvement in their children’s lives. 

However, the number one predictor of academic achievement is parent involvement. Getting involved with your child is essential if you want to enhance their chances of success later in life. Likewise, when teachers start to focus on parent engagement, they also see dramatic changes in their classroom. 

What is parent engagement?

Parent engagement is simply parents who work together and taking shared responsibility with the teachers to educate their children. 

Many parents have fallen into the trap of placing the responsibility of teaching solely on the teachers and neglect their own responsibility. Likewise, many teachers do not create a space where parents can get involved. 

Parent engagement differs from parent involvement in that parent engagement mainly relies on the teacher’s responsibility to teach and then provide parents with educational guidance and support. Student involvement is parent-initiated and they take part in school and learning activities and teachers report back on progress.   

How to increase parental involvement

For many parents, getting involved in their children’s education is an uphill battle. They don’t know where to start or what best practices are, never mind the resources that are needed to assist their children. 

Luckily, websites and services like ECDHUB provide parents with the perfect opportunity and all-inclusive resources to help their children. When it comes to early childhood development, parents will have an arsenal of resources and lessons to engage their children. 

ECDHUB takes the guesswork out of meaningful learning activities and you as a parent will be able to see the transformation of your children.

Why is parent involvement important?

Although modern modes of communication are essential in education today, it also has its drawbacks. It removes the parent from their children’s education and distances the parent from the teacher. This does not bode well for parent involvement and engagement, seeing that the relationship between parent and teacher is superficial. 

Research has shown that parent involvement is not only beneficial for a student’s grades but also his or her self-esteem, general behavior, school attendance and graduation rate. When parents get involved, their children experience much less stress as they know that their parents are there to assist them. 

How parent involvement aids in student success

The research is definitive and there is a direct correlation between parent involvement and student academic success. What’s even more evident is that the earlier parents get involved in their children’s education, the better their academic performance becomes. 

This is because children build confidence and explore more. Children need to be in an area of safety where they know that it is okay to fail. It is when they are in this space that they tend to create a love for learning because they experience the thrill of achievement

When parents are involved, absenteeism decreases dramatically and learners are more excited to go to school.

Side benefits of parent involvement

Parent involvement and engagement does not only hold benefits for students though. When parents engage with teachers, the teachers can give better insights to the parents and help them prepare for activities. 

The parents on the other hand also tend to view the teachers in much higher regard which builds teacher morale. The teaching profession is emotionally draining and when parents get on board, they lighten the load of the teacher.   

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Expert in child development