Parent have a huge impact in nurturing their children academic achievement.

Do Parents Make a Difference to Children's Academic Achievement?

by Dosser Handron, Ph.D.

You can play an active role in your children’s academic lives by encouraging them to join book clubs, reading to them or by providing a quiet environment for their home studies. Michigan Department of education notes that setting realistic academic standards and goals for children motivates them to aim for higher grades and improve their chances of graduating. You can get involved in your children’s education endeavors in various ways to help them realize their academic dreams.

Healthy Self-esteem

Healthy self-esteem develop children’s problem solving capabilities, which can help them overcome academic difficulties. This is because they will approach challenges as opportunities to try out new things, giving them the drive to have constructive discussions with teachers or fellow students and up lift their academic accomplishments, says Kids Health, an organization that offers health information to children. Help your children build positive self-esteem by monitoring their time of study, keeping in touch with their teachers and congratulating them whenever they do well in school or at home.


Mentoring enables you to support and encourage your children to manage their learning activities and maximize their academic talents. The National Mentoring Partnership, based in Boston, notes that mentoring instills discipline in children and reduces their school or class absenteeism and behavioral problems such as the use of abusive language and bullying others. Mentoring may help your children steer away from low educational expectations that may make them feel unable to study past the high school level.

Drugs and Alcohol

Getting involved in your children’s education by dropping and picking them from school, library or movies can enable you steer them off alcohol and drugs as you will be in a position to monitor the kind of company they keep. You will for instance get to meet your children’s friends and their parents in addition to getting the time to make them understand the need to avoid drugs and alcohol. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry notes that drugs and alcohol can reduce children’s academic performance, make them violent or lead to teenage pregnancy.

Learning Disorders

You can detect whether any of your children has a learning disorder, at an early stage, by taking interest in their reading, writing and drawing skills. For instance, dysgraphia is a learning disorder that makes it difficult for children to spell words and write properly while dyslexia can hinder their ability to read or even speak, in some cases. The National Center for Learning Disabilities states that learning disorders are not a result of laziness or lack of intelligence. Children with these disorders can therefore attain their academic ambitions given sufficient parental guidance, emotional and material support.

About the Author

Dosser Handron is a practicing psychologist and writer.She served as a columnist for the "Tides" and now contributes to various websites. Dosser holds a PhD in psychology from University of South Carolina.

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