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Basic Traits of A+ Parents

 

Q. What do veteran teachers say are the characteristics of good parents that pay off in school success for their children?

 

n       Get as much education as you can before you settle down to have kids. The No. 1 indicator of school success for a young person is having a well-educated parent.

 

n       Be married when you have the child and stay married. Nothing helps a child focus on learning as much as parents who are sticking together and getting along.

 

n       Serve well-balanced, homemade meals as often as you can, and make sure your child eats good food at least three times a day, especially at breakfast. Minimize junk food, candy, sweets, soda pop and fried foods. Have healthy snacks like fresh fruits and sliced vegetables on hand at all times.

 

n       Keep a routine schedule with a regular wake-up time, regular mealtimes, a regular homework time, a few chores to do every day, and a regular bedtime.

 

n       Make sure your child gets at least eight hours of sleep.

 

n       Set up a quiet place for homework and insist that it be done with no other distractions - no headphones, no TV, no Instant Messaging, no phone calls.

 

n       Let your child choose how to spend one "media hour" per day. That means a total of one hour using the TV, audio equipment, computer games, or any other entertainment-type media, after chores and homework.

 

n       Limit after-school activities to one or two at a time.

 

n       Take your child to the library once every week or two.

 

n       Read to your child nightly through Grade 6.

 

n       Talk to your child about sex and other "hot potatoes." Don't leave the key tasks of parenting up to strangers at school.

 

n       Tell your child at each parting: "I love you!"

 

Homework: For more ideas, see www.TheParentReport.com

 

By Susan Darst Williams www.ShowandTellforParents.com Parental Involvement 20 2008

 

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