Top 10 New Years Resolutions for Parents

1. Get to school on time. If school starts at 8 am its starts at 8 am. Children that are even five minutes late miss important directions and interrupt others that have gotten to school on time.

2. Check to see if your child has homework. Then make sure that they do it. Then check it to make sure that it was done correctly.

3. If your child is sick keep them home. Have a back up plan. If your child is going to be out for a few days pick up missed work from the teacher.

4. Get organized. Write assignments for class projects on the family calendar. Have a basket by the front door for books, folders and papers that need to be returned to school.

5. Plan lunches, outfits and play dates the night before so that mornings become stress free for everyone.

6. Make sure that your child has an age appropriate bedtime.

7. The school year is almost half over. Check in with your child’s teacher to schedule a conference and see what skills you need to help them work on.

8. Don’t ask your child’s teacher how they are doing when the teacher is at dismissal or you’ve dropped your child late to class. Make an appointment.

9. Try to attend a parent workshop. If your school offers extra help and your child needs it find a way to take advantage of it.

10. Volunteer to help out in the classroom, attend a field trip or do prep work at home if you can’t make it to school because of work.

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  • You are SO right about your tips for parents. After having taught in the elementary setting for almost 20 years, I know where you are coming from. Now being the parent of 2 elementary-aged children I try my best to use those tips. As a teacher, #8 always bugged me. Parents would ask, IN FRONT OF OTHER PARENTS, how their misbehaving child was doing…like they really wanted me to tell them right then and there. Also, I don’t think parents realize how much #1 really throws kids off. Even just a few minutes means that they are behind. Thanks for sharing such helpful hints!

  • GREAT resolutions for parents! Now, if only we can get them to be followed…..:-)

  • Nice list, mostly good things, but miss the most important thing: Who is taking responsibility for the student’s education? Ackerly law # 3: if the adults take more responsibility than the child. The child feel absolved of responsibility. Play position. Be a parent, not a teacher at home. Negative unintended consequences if the child is surrounded by teachers. The child is accountable to the teacher (not the parent) for the work. http://www.geniusinchildren.org.

  • Nice list, thank you Maggie. I would add several things, but perhaps the most important: show your kids that you believe in them, love them, and appreciate their… well, essence. Demonstrate high standards and they will follow. Demonstrate your love, and they will too.

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