It’s probably no real secret that those children whose parents more involved in their lives are more happy, healthy, and more well-adjusted and tend to excel at their educational and extracurricular pursuits.
It can also increase their cognitive development, it helps to keep them motivated, it strengthens the parent-child relationship, and has a direct positive influence on their overall academic achievement.
And in turn, it can also help parents achieve a more positive outlook on their parenting, help to increase their own self confidence and self esteem, and they will most likely feel more satisfied with their children’s educational experiences at school.
But where and how do you get involved in your childs social activities?
With todays busy schedules between home, work, and school, it may feel that the average family has very little quality time left to offer.
However, there are different options and levels of commitment available to fit most every parent’s availability, and with some careful planning and dedication, you can make this a positive experience for both yourself and your children.
First of all, you should discover what your child is most passionate about. Perhaps you’ve thought about volunteering for the school bake sale to raise money, but your child is actually more actively involved in her local Girl Scouts troop.
If that’s the case, then simply get together with the other Girl Scout parents and see what you might contribute that would help the troop the most. Maybe you could help organize a bake sale to benefit their next summer outing.
It’s also especially important to consider what skills, talents and abilities that you can bring to the table. Maybe your child’s school is in desperate need of your help in organizing a fundraiser, but your skills in sewing and designing might better serve the school if you were to help in making the costumes for the school play.
Remember, you want this to be a positive experience for the both of you, and if your child senses that you’re not happy with what you’ve chosen to become involved in, then they very likely will not be happy as well.
But the bottom line is to get involved in some way and stay involved.
Children of involved parents are generally less likely to get into mischief, have fewer emotional problems, or have many serious problems in school.
You benefit by connecting with and staying connected to your children. It’s a win-win situation for you both.
And besides, being involved in your child’s social activities is a heck of a lot of fun. You may very well find yourself wondering why you had not done this before.