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Parental Involvement in Education

Parental involvement plays a pivotal role in shaping a child's educational journey. Research consistently demonstrates that when parents actively engage in their children's education, children tend to achieve higher grades, have better attendance records, exhibit more positive attitudes towards learning, have enhanced self-esteem, and have greater motivation to learn.

In Singapore, where education is highly valued and competitive, parental involvement is more important than ever in unlocking a child's full potential.

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What is parental involvement?

Parental involvement can come in many different forms, including providing emotional support, facilitating learning at home, collaborating with teachers, and participating in school activities.

Here are some practical strategies for effective parental involvement:

1. Establish a conducive home learning environment

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Create a designated study area at home where your child can concentrate on homework and assignments. Set aside time each day for academic activities and encourage a routine that promotes consistency and discipline.

2. Communicate with teachers and tutors

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Do this periodically and within reason (educators are human beings too!) . Attend parent-teacher conferences and stay informed about your child's progress, academic strengths, and areas for improvement, and work collaboratively with teachers to address any challenges.

3. Encourage a love for learning

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Foster a positive attitude towards learning by encouraging curiosity, exploration, and critical thinking. Engage in enriching activities such as reading together, visiting museums, or even conducting science experiments at home.

4. Support extracurricular activities

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Encourage your child to explore diverse interests and talents through sports, music, art, or community service. These activities promotes holistic development, enhances social skills, and boosts creativity.

5. Set realistic expectations

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Avoid placing undue pressure on your child to excel academically. We've all heard of the term "tiger parenting" and while such a parenting style may push children to perform better, children may feel discouraged from trying new things or to take risks, as the focus is on achieving good grades and accomplishments rather than developing important skills for creative thinking and problem solving. Children may end up feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and have low self-esteem.

Instead, focus on fostering a growth mindset and celebrate effort and progress, regardless of outcomes. Having realistic expectations can foster children's sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

6. Lead by example

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Demonstrate the value of lifelong learning by engaging in your own educational pursuits and showing enthusiasm for new experiences. Be a positive role model for your child by emphasising the importance of education and self-improvement.

7. Limit screen time

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In this day and age, we're all a little guilty of having too much screen time and getting too absorbed by our devices. As parents, lead by example first, and promote a healthy and balanced approach to using technology and devices.

Limiting screen time will encourage children to be engaged in other activities that promote their holistic development.

8. Listen to your child

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Encourage children to have open communication with you. Invite them to share their questions, thoughts, concerns, or even interesting ideas. Communication is a two-way street, and this can help your child feel supported, heard, and loved.

Effective parental involvement

Parental involvement is a powerful catalyst for maximising your child's potential in education. By actively engaging in your child's learning journey, you can provide invaluable support, encouragement, and guidance that lay the foundation for academic success and personal growth.

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