A booklet called “The National PTA Talks to Parents” includes 10 items PTA members feel could be helpful for all parents.
It says parents should be involved in their children’s education. Parents should provide resources at home for reading and learning —items such as books and magazines that children can read each day.
The PTA says parents should set a good example by showing they believe reading is enjoyable and useful. It also helps if parents encourage children to do their best in school.
Parents should help children set goals that are reachable, and avoid getting children over-involved in extracurricular activities.
Academics should be a family’s first concern, according to the PTA. Then should come workforce preparation and involvement in extracurricular activities.
The PTA booklet says parents should support school rules and goals, taking care not to undermine school discipline. They should also encourage children to do their best, but avoid applying too much pressure.
It’s also best if parents exercise responsibility and don’t expect the school or teachers to take over their job. Teaching basic discipline is, at base, a parental responsibility, according to the PTA.
Parents should also call teachers as soon as a problem comes up so that they can take action right away. These are common-sense tips that make a difference for young people.