There are several actions you as a parent can take, at home and at school, to help your child feel more connected to his or her school, including:

  • Encourage your child to talk openly with you, teachers, counselors, and other school staff about his/her ideas, needs and worries.
  • Attend school meetings, read information that the school sends home to you and talk to teachers and staff. Find out what your child is expected to learn and how they should behave in school, and support these expectations at home.
  • Help your child with homework and teach him/her about good time management techniques.
  • Encourage your child to participate in school activities. Keep informed of these by reading school newsletters, attending parent meetings, checking out the school website, etc.
  • Get your child involved in helping other adults – at home, school or in the community. Volunteering is a great way to do this.
  • Set regular meetings with your child’s teacher to discuss his/her grades, behaviour, accomplishments, challenges, etc.
  • Get involved as a parent in various school activities, committees or working groups.

These are only a few ways that you as a parent can get involved. Talk to other parents or those in your school community about what you can do to help support or create a positive school culture, so your child is more connected and supported at school.

Content adapted from www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/adolescenthealth/pdf/connectedness_parents.pdf

10 Tips for Parents that Foster Connections to School

  1. Model respectful, cooperative, positive behaviour in your everyday interactions.
  2. Participate in school events.
  3. Show interest. Be involved in your child’s academic activities.
  4. Maintain regular contact with your child’s teacher.
  5. Monitor your child’s homework completion and work with him/her on homework assignments that involve family participation.
  6. Be present when things go wrong.
  7. Know your child’s friends and their parents.
  8. Ask school leaders what you can do to support them.
  9. Volunteer at school.
  10. Nominate effective school leaders for local awards.

Content from www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/military-child-initiative/resources/Ten_Tips_for_parents.pdf

For more detail on these factors, check out the report by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention titled School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth.

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