Being an involved parent is so crucial to your child’s success. Teachers are doing the best that they can with the situations they are in. Having parents involved in their child’s education process makes a world of difference, for the teacher, but more importantly for your child.

help child succeed in school

Below are just 20 ways you can help ensure your child’s success: 

•    Know the names of your child’s teachers.

•  Know the name of the principal, too.

• Make sure your child arrives on time. (READ 7 things you should have done last night)

•  Look through the Student/Parent Handbook together to make sure your child knows what is expected at school.

• Visit your local school website frequently.

• Eat dinner together as a family as often as you can.

•  Ask questions about the school day. For example, “What are you learning in science right now?” or “What was the funniest thing that happened at school today?”

•  Ask your child about homework— and look at it when she has finished.

•  If your child is having trouble with homework, ask the teacher how to get help.

• Encourage your child to read for pleasure every day.

•  Visit the library together often.

•  Play a game together.

•  Know the names of your child’s friends.

•  Hug your child every day.

mom walks daughter to school

•  Attend school events, meetings, and performances.

• Tuck an encouraging note into your child’s backpack.

• Every day, tell your child how proud he or she makes you feel.

• Take a walk outside together once a week, and ask about your child’s favorite and least favorite things about school. (READ Stop, Look, and Listen)

•  If you sense there is a problem at school, don’t hesitate to talk to the teacher.

•  Find the best way to communicate with your child’s teacher, usually via email. Stay in touch, just be mindful of the teacher’s time. Having a open line of communication will help you stay in tune with what is going on with your child.