Meet with teachers. Volunteer. Help with homework. Bake for the bake sale. Chaperone school trips.
Many of us have received the message that the more involved we are in our children’s learning, the better off they will be. And sometimes, helping out is, well, helpful! Other times, not so much.
A new large-scale study suggests that more-involved parents can sometimes be doing more harm than good. For example, once children enter middle school, help with homework can actually bring test scores down. Other involvement, such as meeting with teachers and taking disciplinary action against a child when they don’t do well, can make kids more anxious or have no positive effect at all.
According to independent focus groups, the most successful children are those whose parents set high expectations and then step back. These kids were able to take initiative in their own learning.
While being plugged into your child’s needs and supportive of their educational process is important, we may be going about it the wrong way. What can we do to help our children become independent learners? Check out these five simple strategies.
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