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How Parental Involvement at Home Affects Children

by Susan McCammon

The involvement of parents in their children’s developmental life is vital for success in academics and improving their behavior. According to GoodTherapy, your active involvement not only improves your child’s positive social behavior but also results in higher self-esteem and reduces negative behavior such as aggressiveness. This underlines the importance of creating an encouraging and supportive home environment for the positive development of your children.

1. School Readiness

A father plays a pivotal role in a child’s development. Children with fathers who participate actively in their upbringing are more likely to perform better in school. The Childwelfare website reports that children with involved fathers show higher degrees of academic eagerness, as they are more tolerant and able to deal with schooling challenges. A study conducted in 2001 by the U.S. Department of Education found that “involved biological fathers had children who were 43 percent more likely than other children to earn As and 33 percent less likely than other children to repeat a grade.”

2. Complementary Learning

Learning is an on-going process that continues outside school once children end their school day. Schools can assist in children’s at-home learning by coming up with family-program partnerships and making parents understand their role in them. These family-program partnerships bring about complementary learning. The National Association for the Education of Young Children states that complementary learning is a structured approach that integrates school and non-school activities to improve the learning experiences of children.

3. Self-Esteem

Children with high self-esteem have confidence and are able to handle challenges such as peer pressure. You can improve your children’s self-esteem by becoming involved actively at home. KidsHealth advises, as parents you can achieve this by creating a safe and loving home environment. This involves having a supportive and loving relationship with your husband or wife and ensuring that you meet children’s basic needs. You can also increase your children’s self-esteem by complimenting their positive achievement and avoiding making negative or discouraging comments.

4. Behavior

Other than academic achievement, parental involvement at home positively impacts the behaviour of children. ScienceDaily reports that a study published in the May/June 2010 issue of the "Child Development Journal" shows parental involvement at home reduces children’s problem behaviors such as aggressiveness and disruptiveness. The study also found that parental involvement reduces anxiety and depression in children. These findings are an encouragement for you to be actively involved at home as it has numerous proven benefits to your children.

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