Teaching is one of the most noble professions of them all. It requires dedication, determination, passion, and an innate desire to bring positive change into the world.
Each and every day, all over the world, teachers do the best they can to inspire young minds, impart wisdom, and help kids of all ages grow into the best possible people they can be through the magic of learning.
And over the years, they learn a few things themselves as well. Here are some of their most important tips, tricks, and pieces of advice for all the moms and dads out there.
1) Learning Never Ends
“Education is an ongoing progress.”
Learning shouldn’t stop when the school bell rings. It’s vital for parents to play an active role in their kids’ educational development too by encouraging them to read, write, be creative, and express themselves.
2) Encourage Communication
“Encourage your child to ask questions.”
Too many kids feel shy, nervous, or even afraid of talking to teachers, but the vast majority are happy to hear questions, comments, or requests for extra help. Encourage your kids to take the initiative and speak with their teachers. It can pay off in a big way.
3) Read, Read, Read
“The number one thing parents can do to help their child succeed in school is to read to them.” F
rom an early age and even as they get a bit older, reading to your kids can be so beneficial for their education, imagination, and general interest in life, as well as helping them learn lots of new words and expand their vocabulary.
4) Support Local Teachers
“Advocate for teachers.”
Teachers spend every day trying to help kids and make a difference in their lives. They deserve some respect and support for that, so if you have a chance to advocate for teachers and help them get better working conditions, please do so.
5) Follow A Bedtime Routine
“Lack of sleep affects so many things.”
Especially for parents of little kids, bedtime routines are so important. Get your kids into a rhythm in terms of when they go to bed and ensure they get plenty of rest each night to be energetic and ready to learn the next day.
6) The Sooner The Better
“The earlier it begins, the better the results will be.”
The earlier you start engaging with your kids, asking them about their homework, encouraging them to talk about what they’ve been learning at school, and helping them retain the knowledge and understanding imparted by their teachers, the better they’ll become at not only learning new things, but applying that knowledge and sharing it.
7) Understand How Your Child Likes To Learn
“Provide an appropriate learning environment at home.”
It’s vital for parents to understand how their kids like to learn and create a positive atmosphere at home. Some kids like to study in silence, for example, so you should make efforts to keep quiet when they’re doing homework.
8) Push Yourself
“Push yourself to help them even when the material may be tough.”
Did you hate math as a kid? Well, that’s no excuse to avoid helping your kid with their math homework. If you help them with some subjects but avoid others because you don’t like them, your kids will have the same issues as you with those subjects.
9) Little Things Matter
“Teachers are easy to please.”
If you appreciate the hard work of a teacher or hear lots of compliments about one particular teacher from your kids, why not consider getting them a little gift? Cards and presents can really put a big smile on any teacher’s face and make them feel valued.
10) Scout’s Honor
Yes, it’s a classic saying of the Boy Scouts, but it’s also a vital lesson for life in general. Preparation can be key to pretty much everything in life, and teaching your kids to be prepared can help them in so many ways.
11) 8: 8: 8
“Eight hours of school, eight hours at home, and eight hours of sleep.”
You can break the typical child’s day down into this format. They spend roughly the same amount of time awake at home as they do at school, and it’s up to you to use those hours wisely. Your kids’ teachers will do the best they can to make the eight hours of school informative and educational, but all of their hard work can be lost if the kid spends the other eight hours playing games or watching TV.
12) Act Excited
“Expressing enthusiasm will only help your child.”
If you show excitement and enthusiasm for your child when starting a new year of school or preparing for a big test, they’ll be more likely to feel positive about it too.
13) Advocate For Education
“Avoid talking negatively about school.”
Teachers know that most kids don’t really like school, but it doesn’t help to have parents who complain about it too. If you’re negative about education, your kids will feel the same way. Instead, tell them about how important it is, how it can help them get a good job, how it can improve their lives in so many ways, etc.
14) All You Need Is Love
“All they really want and need is you.”
The one thing that matters most to kids is love from their parents. Spending time with your kids is the most important thing of all when it comes to developing bonds with them, understanding their needs, and making them feel loved and cared for.
15) Don’t Shoot The Messenger
“I promise the teacher isn’t trying to be difficult.”
If you read a supply list and see certain very specific items on it, don’t get mad. The teacher isn’t trying to waste your money, it’s just that they’ve been in the business many years and know which brands tend to be the best in order to provide top quality equipment for your kids.
16) Every Little Helps
“We spend a great deal of our own money on supplies.”
A lot of teachers pay out of their own pocket for supplies and other items to improve the learning environment for their students. They always appreciate when parents understand this and make a little contribution like buying some pens, paper, or other little items.
17) Turn Up For Parent-Teacher Events
“Parents need to go to parent-teacher conferences.”
These events are held for your benefit, but too often, parents fail to turn up for these conferences and meetings, missing out on vital information that could help themselves and their kids.
18) Watch The News
“Keep your kids aware of current events.”
Even though many of us wish we could switch off the news from time to time, it can be a great way to engage with your kids and help them see the relevance of the things they learn at school.
19) A Few Bad Eggs
“We’re not all perfect.”
Not everyone can be amazing at their job, and this rule applies in the world of teaching too, but don’t let the mistakes of one or two bad teachers ruin your impression (or your child’s impression) of the others.
20) Keep Your Emotions In Check
“It’s okay to cry.”
Here’s one for all the parents of young children. On the first day of school, it’s easy to get emotional, but try to avoid crying in front of your kids as this will only make things harder for them, you, and the teacher!
21) Strike A Balance
“It’s all about balance.”
We all want to be there for our little ones, but you don’t want to smother them. Find the right balance between being with them, protecting them, and letting them try new things and make mistakes from time to time.
22) Have Faith In Teachers
“Remember that teachers see your children in a totally different environment.”
You see your kids in a comfortable and familiar home environment, and you think you know exactly who they are and how they behave. But teachers see them in a totally different setting, and it’s not uncommon for kids to behave very differently at school than at home. So if a teacher says that your child is acting out or behaving badly, you should believe them and try to solve the issue, rather than lashing out.
23) Respect Their Independence
“Parents need to be sensitive to their young adults.”
The teenage years can be tricky to negotiate, but the key is to respect that your kids are going through some changes and naturally want to feel more independent. They still need you to be there for them, but you also need to respect their privacy and let them come to you with questions or concerns, rather than smothering them.
24) Show Them You Care
“Have a conversation about their education.”
When picking your kids up from school or welcoming them home after a long day, one of the first questions every parent should ask is “What did you learn today?” It’s a great way for the child to share their experiences with you and also to show you’re interested in their education.
Here’s a bit of practical advice! Put labels on absolutely everything, especially if you have young children. It makes things so much easier if ever anything gets lost or misplaced.
26) Love Should Never Be A Reward
“Never make love something to be earned.”
Love is something that every parent should feel for their child and happily express to them. It’s not a bargaining tool, a reward, or something that should ever need to be earned. It’s unconditional, and kids need to know that you love them no matter what, in the good times and the bad.
27) Sort Out A Schedule
“Introduce a new routine.”
Before school even starts, sit down with your kids and agree on a routine, covering everything from when they wake up to when they do their homework and how much screen time they get each day. An organized child is a happy child.
28) Speak With The Teacher
“Go direct to the teacher.”
If you have an issue with a grade your kid got on a test or a problem with something in the classroom, speak to the teacher first. They’re often very willing to listen and help out, and it’s always better to speak with them initially and try to solve issues amicably rather than rushing to the supervisor.
29) Set An Example
“You’re the role model.”
Your kids look up to you and often copy your behavior, so try to set a good example. Read books, show an interest in learning, and be a good person to those around you. It’s much better to show your kids a positive image rather than an example of someone lazy or uninterested in the world.
30) Focus On Yourself, And The Rest Will Follow
“Work on you, not them.”
One of the best ways to help your kids is to focus on improving your own life. Don’t forget that you’re a role model for your kids, and anything negatively affecting you will negatively affect them too.
31) Show Respect
“Everything we do, we do for your kids.”
If a teacher brings you in or calls you up to talk about your child, be sure to show them the respect they deserve. They’re a fellow person, doing a tough job and trying to do their best for your kids.
32) Dress Your Kids Properly
“Dress them for the weather.”
You might not pay too much attention to your kids’ clothes when they’re going to school, but the things they wear can make a real difference to their day-to-day enjoyment.
33) Get A Head Start
“Have some school practice during the holidays.”
To get your kids in the mood for school before the year officially starts, spend some time in the holidays reading, writing, or doing some fun learning activities. Don’t make it too taxing or boring, though.
34) Punctuality Is Important
“Make sure your child comes to school on time.”
Kids that always get dropped off late will start to think that this is normal behavior, and they could pay the price for that bad habit in future if they start arriving late in college or at work.
35) Put It In Writing
“Teachers can’t be expected to remember everything you tell them.”
Teachers have countless kids to think about and dozens of classes to prepare each week. If you want to tell them something specific about your child, it makes a lot more sense and is easier for everyone if you put it in writing, rather than simply telling them or calling them.
36) Be Open, But Not Too Open
“Aim for a ‘screen door’ relationship.”
Relationships can be broken down into three categories: solid door, screen door, and open door. Solid door relationships have no openness, meaning that kids feel scared and distant from their parents. Open door relationships are totally open, and the kids feel like their parents are their friends, rather than authority figures or protectors. A screen door relationship is the perfect balance between the two.
37) Think Outside The Box
“Please limit screen time and take your kids outside or engage with them in a board game.”
Many teachers report that the young kids they teach talk about nothing but video games and YouTube. Kids need more stimulation than simple screens, so be sure to spend some time doing puzzles, playing board games, and getting out in nature to help them learn new skills and become better-rounded people.
38) Let’s Work Together
“Do your job as parents and we will do ours as teachers.”
While there are a few bad eggs out there, the vast majority of teachers enjoy their jobs and go to work each day because they want to help educate young minds, inspire the next generation, and help kids reach their potential. Believe in them to do their job and focus on doing your part too, and together, there’s no limit to what you can help your kids accomplish.
39) Use Alarms If Necessary
“When kids know they cannot get out of something, they will be more likely to do it.”
If your kids tend to ‘forget’ their homework, start setting an alarm. It’s tough, but fair, and will help them get in a proper routine.