Luna, N. 2009, How Can I Help My Child Succeed in School?, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-09-21

Parents are an important component to academic success:

  • Students report that parents have the most influence over their goals.
  • Parental support and student academic success are strongly related.
  • Dropping out of high school will significantly limit your child’s work options.
  • People who leave high school before graduating are more likely to be unemployed, work in very tiring jobs and work in jobs that pay very little money.
  • People who leave high school before graduating are more likely to be in jail and seek government help for things such as health care, housing and food.
  • Finishing high school brings your child increased self-respect and the ability to help others and your family.

Students studying

What can you do?

  • Encourage your child to read. Studies confirm that reading at home is a strong indicator for academic success.
  • Model healthy habits, such as eating healthy, physical exercise and a stable sleep routine.
  • Supervise homework, television viewing and computer use. It is important to have a regular space where your child does his or her homework. Set limits on afterschool activities, such as television viewing or video games.
  • Have frequent conversations about school, family and his/her future with your child.
  • Remember to praise and provide encouraging words, especially during difficult times.
  • Ensure your child attends school daily and on time.

Working with teachers and schools:

  • Learn as much as possible about your child’s school.
  • Ask for a school handbook and read it over.
  • Know your child's academic calendar and test dates.
  • Ask your child’s teacher about expectations. It is important to talk to your child’s teachers early and often to identify strengths and areas of improvement.
  • Stay involved in your child’s school activities.
  • Ask for information in your native language.
  • Learn to use Parent link: ParentLink

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