Role of Parental Support in Education of Children
Parents are the first mentor of a child. Kids start learning from the very first day of their existence in the world. Children always take inspiration from their guardians. Famous Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung said in this context “Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.”
High socio-economic surroundings and renowned institutes for learning to play a significant role in a kid’s education, but it can’t substitute the need for parental assistance in kid’s grooming. The collaborative efforts of teachers and the parents in a healthy environment is extremely essential for the successful carrier of a child.
What type of parental involvement is required in a student’s education?
The role of the parents doesn’t remain constant throughout the life of the children. As the child moves forward to the next level of education, the role of the parents also gets changed.
For instance, at the time of preschool education, the parents should directly involve in various school activities and a regular conversation with the teacher regarding the kid’s growth in learning and the behavioral issues in the school. Parents’ involvement in preschool shall include the following:
- Parents of a child shall share the responsibility to help their child in studies. It is the responsibility of both father and mother to involve themselves in their toddler’s studies. It is shown that the students who get their parent’s involvement shine better in their carrier.
- Parents can help their kids to complete several school projects. It can be homework or any other preparation for participating in a competition. Say, if a child participates in a debate competition, then the parents can make notes on the topics relating to the debate and prepare their child for that.
- Guardians shall constantly observe their child’s behavior and shall indicate when it seems unusual. It is very important to correct your children’s odd attitudes from the beginning, as it becomes difficult to control a grown-up person. According to Frederick Douglass, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
- Parents shall show a friendly attitude towards their kids. It is very hard to understand a child’s psychology. They are very sensitive and therefore even an insignificant situation can rouse anxiety in a child. They may feel timid in sharing their problems with their parents.
For instance, if a kid doesn’t want to go to the school then scolding or punishing him/her may make the situation even worse. In that case, the guardians shall converse with the kid in a loving and friendly attitude to solve the problem.
- Parents shall motivate the child constantly. Infants can’t motivate themselves for studies. They enjoy playing and having fun. It is the responsibility of parents to motivate them in learning.
- Parents shall encourage the child. Sometimes students need a moral boost in achieving something difficult. They often lose their confidence and patience very quickly. Parents shall inspire and encourage their children in a way to enable them in recognizing their inner talent.
The roles and responsibilities of parents towards child education remain the same in the case of higher studies as well. However, when a child reaches high school, the parents shall not help them in the tasks allotted to them in school. It deters the talent of the student from being revealed. It is better to teach and encourage the child to confront such challenges on their own.
Roles of a Mother towards the Child Education
A mother plays the most vital role in the upbringing of the child. After all, the mother is the person who spends the maximum time with the child at home. Thus, it is obvious that the child mostly gets influenced by his/her mother.
The education of a child is not limited to gaining academic qualifications only. It includes the fundamental education including core values also which a child learns at home. This type of grooming, later on, lays a strong base for gaining scholarly education.
A child learns the basic lessons of life from his/her mother such as reasoning, thinking, reacting to a particular situation, some small decision-making, evaluating, etc. A toddler initially deals with several situations by following his/her mother. He/she copies how the mother speaks or tries to think what his/her mother does in a similar situation.
A mother, who is a homemaker or does work from home, can devote her full time in taking care of her child. This builds a strong supportive environment for the kid’s education. In this way, she makes herself available for the kid throughout the day for attending parent-teacher meetings, providing extra time for preparing the child for the exams, etc. A mother who stays at home can notice and determine all the opportunities and obstacles arising in the way of her child’s education and growth. For this reason, a majority of moms decide to leave their job after childbirth. It is said, “Mothers give up so much, so that their children can have so much.”
Even mothers who pursue their carrier can support child education. Today the educational system has become so strong that children get completely prepared for their academics without the active involvement of their parents in studies. Parents just need to keep in regular touch with the school to become aware of the child’s overall development.
Role of a Father in Child Education
If the mother is the first teacher of a kid, the father becomes the role model for his child. A child gets the inspiration of being a professional watching his/her father. A father teaches the eminence of time management, punctuality, how to deal with the outer world, and competence to the children.
A father guides his child in choosing the carrier prospects. Children often copy their father in life. So, as is the father so is the children.
“Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.” –Charles Kettering
There cannot be a specific role for a mother or a father. The responsibilities pertaining to child development shall be borne by both the parents equally. They both need to involve correspondingly in the upbringing of the children so that they don’t feel ignored by anyone of them. A perfect partnership between the parents and the educator is the key to a successful carrier of the children.