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How does parent involvement in schools help a child's mental health?

Manaal Ahmed

Oct 6, 2020

If you have ever crossed a school around home time, you would have come across two very evident sights other than the blocked roads and the obstructive rush: A) a child wearing a frown being picked up by a driver or a nanny and B) a relatively cheery child holding the hand of their parent, frolicking back to their car. Just think, if the mere act of picking up your child from school could have such an impact on the mental health of your children, what wonders could come from in-depth involvement in their school life?

Some people may not notice this difference, but parents who are actively involved in the school life of their children are more likely to pick up any behavioural changes in their child. Parents who are more in touch with the child’s school life may also be able to dig out the reason behind certain actions much more quickly and easily.

There are a number of ways that a parent can be included in a child’s educational life. For example, schools that inform parents when their child is absent have a lower absenteeism rate and more thriving students. Why is that? Because A) a parent will also know whether their child made it to school or not and therefore ensure his/her presence and B) if a child is adamant on taking a day off, they will have to inform their parent. A parent might dig deeper as to why the child feels uncomfortable going to school e.g. anxiety, bullying, under-confident in a particular subject etc.

Moving forward, any child whose parents’ are well aware of their academic performance is likely to be thorough in their work. A parent will immediately know if their child is lagging behind in a certain subject due to a drop in test scores etc. They are able to sit their child down and inquire as to what the reason behind it could be. Sometimes it is not just a lack of understanding of the subject that causes a student to underperform but also the external pressure or emotional trauma. A child could be overwhelmed by school work or be going through an emotionally vulnerable time with peers that could lead to low scores. If parents are able to identify these problems in time, they can quickly help rectify the situation and improve the mental health of their child.

When a child witnesses how deeply involved their parent is in the academic performance and school life in general, it leads them to subconsciously view their educational life as more important than those students whose parents are not that involved. It boosts their self-esteem to see their parents’ interest in their life and as a result, promotes them to perform well and be more excited about the learning process in general.

Here at SOOP we provide all the features necessary for parents to keep track of their child’s school life and be able to have full transparency regarding their academic ongoings. Get our app now for a healthier learning experience for you and your child.

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