Constructive involvement of parents in the classroom leads to children improving their academic performance without interfering with their healthy development. Parents have a role in nurturing the child and determining the means through which the child develops healthily physically, psychologically, and socially. Engaged parenting in the classroom helps build a child’s cognitive and emotional skills however, too much involvement of the parents at times can be counterproductive (Wong et al., 2018). Some parents can be overly involved in their children’s activities and classroom work hence Bristow (2020) refers to them as helicopter ways. This paper, therefore, will list ways in which overly involvement of parents in the classroom can be constructively done without interfering with the child’s healthy development.
To encourage and guide the unduly involvement of parents in their child’s education, the following ways can be followed. According to Carr, Francis, & Wieth (2021)., it is important to hear the parents out and show empathy towards their situation to understand the essence of them being too much involved. Similarly, one can find means through which the parents can be educated on the effects of being overly involved in the child’s education. It is important to be clear to the parent on how they can expect updates from you to alleviate the impulses of contacting you constantly about everything the child does. Creating a time frame on specific days for responding to their emails and returning phone calls is important. Making the community aware of the situation as well as the principal helps by giving support in case the situation escalates. Nurturing the child’s independence is paramount in building confidence to figure out things on their own instead of relying on the parents on everything.
An important part of teaching involves discovering ways of effectively reaching and engaging students in leading. It also entails the aspect of parents’ involvement in the classroom and ways to effectively work with the parents. The over-involvedness of parents can be critical to the child and calls for intervention without tampering with the child’s healthy development. Hence, the paper was aimed at listing ways to combat helicopter parenting constructively.
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Carr, V. M., Francis, A. P., & Wieth, M. B. (2021). The Relationship Between Helicopter Parenting and Fear of Negative Evaluation in College Students. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30(8), 1910-1919.
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