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Why get involved in my child’s education?
Research [1] has shown that students benefit from parent involvement in many ways:

  • Better grades
  • Better attendance
  • Higher graduation rates
  • Better self-esteem
  • Less drug and alcohol use
  • Less violent behavior

What can I do to help my child do well in school?
According to the Michigan Department of Education [1], parents whose kids do well in school support them by:

  • Having a regular, daily routine, which would ideally include:
    • A time and place to study
    • Household chores and responsibilities
    • Getting to bed on time and getting a good night’s sleep
    • Family dinners.
  • Keeping tabs on kids’ after-school activities and making sure they are supervised.
  • Showing your kids you value learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
  • Setting realistic, but high goals and standards for your child.
  • Encouraging progress in school by showing interest in your child’s schoolwork, helping with homework, and staying in touch with teachers
  • Guiding TV viewing, reading aloud, taking trips, having books around the house and doing other activities to stimulate your child’s mind.
  • Going to the school regularly, so your child will view home and school as being connected, and will view school as an important part of the family’s life.

Source: Compiled by Kyla Boyse, R.N.  Reviewed by faculty and staff at the University of Michigan