4 Ways to Stay Involved in Your Preteen's Education

Don't move to the sidelines when your kid gets to middle school.




Preteens do better academically when their parents stay involved in their education. Here's what you can do:

  1. Be a physical presence in the school: Attend parent-teacher conferences, sports events and concerts. Volunteer on a school committee or be a chaperone on a field trip or at a dance.
  2. Help your kid select electives: Support choices that reflect her special interests.
  3. Be an advocate: Get teachers' feedback on your child's progress, and offer instructors your own view of how she's doing.
  4. Make the school system work for you: Find out what kinds of resources are available to your pre-teen, and what you can do at home to support teachers' efforts.
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