So many times we use the school systems to educate our children solely. That is what it’s there for, right? We need to use them but, as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc to children, we need to step up and educate at home also. We can’t leave the burden of educating on a teacher that already has their hands full with 20+ students.
Children are to be well-rounded adults by the time they are 18 years old or at least by 22 year old, when they graduate from college. Well, that all comes with what they were taught at school but also at home. Children learn by watching what we all do and how we handle situations in life. They listen to everything we say, even though we don’t realize it. So many times children will say something and we will not realize how much of an impact we have had on them in that situation.
At home, parents are the first teachers children have. Parents will always have a major impact on the way children see the world and react to it. Parents teach the child how to do things so simple as to suck on a bottle for their meals as first born babies, to holding out their hands if they want something. How parents respond to their child’s cry determines how the child learns also. For instance, if a child cries for a bottle, then they know the parent will give it to them. If they need a diaper change, they cry a different way, more upset and uncomfortable. This is how learning early on starts, all by perception. As the child grows, they learn even more on what to do or how to act to get their parents attention. Children study their parents and learn what to do and what not to do. Even as teenagers, they have learned what to say around their parents in order to get the outcome they are seeking. Why shouldn’t parents educate at home? This is not meant to be about homeschooling by no means, this is about being a parent and not brushing children off onto the school system. Educating a child is not only the schools responsibility but the parents. Having children in different extra-curricular activities is very important for a well-rounded person. Sports, arts, scouts, etc teach teamwork and without team work, children will not learn to work well with others to the fullest.
“Newberger’s theory of parental conceptions outlines a descriptive, developmental continuum parental social-cognitive awareness. According to his theory, the parents conceptions of the child and the parental role represent a cognitive structure of parenthood.” (Family Relations Vol 45). This goes to show that so many times parents have no clue how to teach their child. That’s okay. We are all give the parental instinct that we can use. There are times that parents don’t know exactly what to do in a situation, that’s when parents should rely on the experience of other parents.
The problem is that so many parents don’t know how to raise and educate their children. That’s where the government classes and other parental classes come in to play. They teach how to handle children in certain situations. What level a child should be in at a certain age and how to help that child reach that level.
Parents should invest themselves into their children. Children will learn from the special attention the parent is showing them. Parents should spend more time helping with homework and less time complaining about the grades is receiving if they aren’t even helping them. The number one job of a parent is parenting, educating their children for life. Work cited: studytiger.com