As a parent, you certainly know that the relationships your child develops with his/her friends are important. Kids who build strong relationships with their peers learn how to express themselves, how to take turns, and how to be empathetic when dealing with others. These are just a few reasons why it’s important to encourage your child to form positive relationships with his or her peers.
You may not realize that the relationship you have with your child’s teacher is important in helping your child develop and succeed. If you think about it for a minute, it makes perfect sense. The most significant adults in your child’s life on a daily basis are your child’s immediate family members (including you) and his or her teacher.
Since you and your child’s teacher are the people your child spends the most time with, a strong parent-teacher relationship is important. How you and the teacher interact and relate to each other directly impacts your child’s experiences and learning.
Here are a few ways how a strong parent-teacher bond at your school can help your child succeed.
It Provides Continuity in Your Child’s Life
When you have a good relationship with your child’s teacher, you will know what your child is learning at school. You’ll be kept abreast of what’s going on in the classroom at parent-teacher conferences and at other school functions you attend.
If the teacher tells you that your child is having a difficult time with a particular task, you’ll be given the opportunity to step in and help. This continuity is important. When there’s an open channel of communication between you and the teacher, your child will know that he/she has the support he/she needs to overcome obstacles, whether in the classroom, or not.
Helps Your Child Develop Self-Confidence & Motivation
When you and the teacher have a good relationship and work together to help your child succeed, your child will have more self-confidence. Your will know that the two of you are rooting for his/her academic success, thus motivating your child to do his or her best.
When parents are engaged in the learning process, which we encourage of both parents and students, kids prosper and grow. There’s nothing more motivating to a child than knowing the important adults in his/her life are working together to help the child succeed.
Can Help Your Child Become a Better Problem-Solver
It’s normal for kids to have some problems at school. Many of these problems are minor. For example, if your child keeps forgetting to take the right sports uniform to school, the two of you can work it out yourselves.
Some problems can be more complicated. For example, your child could have trouble during recess with another child. Maybe the strategies you suggest don’t help your child solve the problem. You could suggest to your child that the two of you talk it over with the teacher. The three of you can then sit down and work out a problem-solving strategy to resolve the issue.
When you develop a positive connection with your child’s teacher, your child’s academic achievement, social competence, and emotional well-being can improve. A positive parent-teacher relationship ensures your child has the support needed to succeed at school, at home, and in the future!