How Can I Support My Child At School?

Be involved with school. Get to know your child’s teachers.

  • If you have Internet, communicate with teachers through e-mail.
  • If you have Internet, sign up for In-Touch to monitor grades, attendance, and behavior. 
  • Make sure your child has a routine for homework (minimize distractions).
  • If you ever have questions contact the school counselor.


  • Spend time with your child.  Ask about friends, accomplishments, challenges.
  • Talk with your child about peer pressure and challenges they may face with friends. 
  • Be honest and direct when talking with your child.
  • Have clear expectations and consequences.
  • Eat meals together as a family.
  • Teach your child responsibility (chores, helping at home, volunteering).
  • Get to know your child’s friends (and if possible parents of friends).
  • Say, “You must be proud of yourself” instead of “I am proud of you”.
  • Help your child set goals (short and long term).
  • Encourage your child to join school and community groups.
  • Monitor/Limit use of cell phones, video games, and computers.
  • Encourage your child to read every day.


  • Healthy diet – Eat 3 meals day; limit fast food; and drink milk or dairy products.
  • Sleep – Have routine bedtimes (9-10 hours of sleep recommended).  Keep bedrooms free of distractions: TV’s, video games, computers, and cell phones. 
  • Encourage your child to be active and exercise (use a helmet riding bikes/skateboards).
  • Talk to your child about stranger and playground safety.
  • Have the computer in an open area of your house.
  • Discuss avoidance of tobacco, alcohol, drugs (including inhalants), and guns.
  • Teach your child to swim.     

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