Too many parents believe once their child starts high school, their job is done. In fact, as many as 40% of parents who were involved in their child’s school from K-8, stop participating in secondary school!
With all single moms have to manage – the job, the cooking, the shopping, the laundry, the cleaning – when do you possibly have time to be involved in your high school child’s education?
I have heard single moms express doubts like “My child is a teenager now, can’t they manage this themselves?” or “I barely graduated from high school myself. What do I know about helping at school?”
Contrary to popular belief, this is when your child needs you the most. High school is the time when everything counts. Their school experience to this point has merely been practice for the big game!
Your child’s success is measured by how many GPA points they put on the board; how many volunteer hours they log; and, the degree of difficulty of the courses they completed. Unfortunately, many parents believe they are not qualified to guide their child’s scholastic career – this is especially true for single moms.
The good news is you don’t have to do this by yourself. It truly takes a safety net of adults to help your child navigate high school successfully. However, every team needs a leader and as you are your child’s first teacher, you should be the coach.
Organize Your Team
You don’t have to be an expert in educational theory to be the coach. Your job as a coach is to marshal all of the professional resources your child needs to achieve their academic goals.
- Take one day at the beginning of the semester to meet your child’s teachers and academic counselor.
- Use this time to communicate your expectations, i.e. “I expect my child to go to college.”
- Ask for a class syllabus to use as a tool to track your child’s progress and homework assignments.
- Ask the academic advisor for graduation requirements and college entrance requirements to make sure your child is on track to graduate and properly prepared for college admissions.
- Introduce yourself to the Principal, Vice Principal or Dean of Students. You want your first meeting with school administration to be a positive experience.
These simple but high impact strategies will help you create a solid relationship with the team of professionals that can put your child on the academic achievement track!
Strategy #2 will be featured in tomorrow’s blog post.
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