Life Skills: Teaching the Excellence Edge

Want to teach your kids how to get better grades and more attention from their teacher?  Be a room mom, work in the lunchroom, or volunteer at your child’s school any way you can.  It makes sense, and studies back it up; involved moms interact with teachers more, so they hear what’s going on in class and get opportunities to ask about their child’s progress more often. So, help your child achieve school success with these options:

1. Become the school mascot.

Just kidding, but the point is, you want to be at your child’s school so much that the faculty and kids just accept that you’re always there.  Of course, you don’t want to be a pest, but you can be a huge help and make people want to have you there. So, sign-up to be a room mom.  Volunteer in your child’s class or in the lunchroom or library.  If you have special skills—writing newsletters or blogs, accounting, scrapbooking—offer to help out for free.  Another way to help your school and your child is to start an iMOM Morning.  Your principal will love your efforts to get other moms involved and your child will love having you as the “mom in charge.”  

2. Be supportive.

Most teachers and school administrators really love children and want the best for your child.  Email compliments and write letters of appreciation. Praise teachers and faculty when you see them.  Look for what they do well. Find the good in your school.  Sure, you can still talk to your child’s teacher or principal if you’re displeased with something, but do it in a calm, respectful way.
Also, try not to get involved in the mom-to-mom gossip network.  The mom you say something bad about today could be the mom who’s in charge of something your child wants to be a part of next school year.  

3. Tag team.

If you can, get your husband involved on campus.  Studies show that kids with involved dads do better in school.  Plus, an involved dad really stands out among all of the moms.

4. Don’t drop out.

A lot of moms start backing off from their school involvement when their kids are in middle school and high school.  Take it from the experts in the video below; there are important reasons to stay involved when your kids are older.

Resources: 5 things you can do at home to help your kids get better grades

Lunchbox notes for your kids

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