1. Brandi
    10/07/2014 @ 10:00 PM

    Good information for those with kids.

  2. Tanya
    10/07/2014 @ 9:59 PM

    Great tips to keep in mind as my toddler grows-up.

  3. katrina g
    10/07/2014 @ 6:59 PM

    my daughters go to a small private school and we all have to be involved.

  4. celeste
    10/07/2014 @ 6:34 PM

    As a teacher, I love it when parents volunteer in the classroom and being involved in their child activities.
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  5. Carissa
    10/07/2014 @ 11:34 AM

    Great tips! My daughter isn’t school age yet, but I definitely want to be involved when she’s in school.
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  6. Alexandria Gunn
    10/07/2014 @ 11:03 AM

    My mum used to volunteer to be a chaperone on field trips. I remember her being there on one of mine, and I really wanted to stay as far away from her as possible! Haha!

    My daughter is still too young for school, but I will probably find a way with the crafts to be involved. I don’t know if I’ll have enough time for volunteering on PTAs and field trips with everything that I do. But I would like to be involved in some way.
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  7. Letty C.
    10/07/2014 @ 10:29 AM

    I have done all of this whenever the time permits. I am a working mom and sometimes my schedule doesn’t permit me to be as involved as I want to be.
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  8. Cynthia Dixon
    10/07/2014 @ 8:48 AM

    What an informative article Jenn with some very helpful information. This is a great post for parents with kids who’re just starting school or as you’ve stated, want to take a part in their child’s education.
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  9. crystal touchton
    10/07/2014 @ 8:13 AM

    My involvement has increased and decreased over the years depending on the individual needs of my children. I actually sat in class with my youngest almost every day during prek because that’s what he needed. If I wasn’t there he would be removed from class because of his inattention and disruptive behavior, but if I was there I could give him non verbal reminders to get back on task. My oldest son had frequent performances and parties and I was at each one because that’s what he needed. I don’t volunteer a lot, but I’m always available to my child’s teacher and encourage communication. This is a great post to get people thinking about how they can be more involved.
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  10. Eileen
    10/07/2014 @ 6:25 AM

    When my kids were still little, I did participate in school activities. I particularly liked social mobilization and outreach activities where the kids helped pack relief goods for flood and other disaster victims. It taught my kids to show how to care for the less fortunate. My children are now all young adults and they still actively participate in these kinds of activities to foster social good.
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  11. Jan Kearney
    10/07/2014 @ 1:41 AM

    Schools are often looking for volunteers – from assisting in projects or trips to fundraising. While I couldn’t do regular time slots, I got a lot out of being involved a couple of times per year when my daughter was at school.
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  12. Kungphoo
    10/06/2014 @ 10:37 PM

    What a helpful post 🙂 My parents were involved with my school and it gave us something to talk about and made me happy! Great tips

  13. Elizabeth Copeland
    10/06/2014 @ 9:45 PM

    This is the first year that I have had a child at “school.” My youngest is in preschool, and the others are homeschooled. I know that there are some mystery reader opportunities coming up, as well as some days that parents are invited to come in for special activities.
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  14. karissa
    10/06/2014 @ 9:23 PM

    Great post and I agree it’s so important to get involved with their school lives.
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  15. Lesley
    10/06/2014 @ 9:13 PM

    I homeschool, so I’m definitely involved! LOL I agree though with all your tips here for helping your children.
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  16. Amber NElson
    10/06/2014 @ 7:57 PM

    There are so many ways to be involved. I unfortunately don’t have a lot of time with my job. But I do help out with homework and buy supplies like Kleenex and Clorox wipes for their classroom when needed.
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  17. Mel Day
    10/06/2014 @ 7:32 PM

    interestingly enough my parents were not involved in my schooling in any way. It’s never bothered me. I therefore have no comparison to know how it impacts a child or informs the parent. It does seem to be another thing a parent can be made to feel guilty about, especially with the need to work and commute. For those with the time and inclination though, there are good ideas here.
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  18. Alana
    10/06/2014 @ 6:14 PM

    My husband and I were both involved when my son was in pre school and in elementary school. When I was unemployed I volunteered for PTA fundraisers and also volunteered in the school library. It amazed me how very grateful the teachers and other staff were for the parent volunteers – and this was over 15 years ago. Another advantage of being in the school is that the staff gets to know you as a person, not just as so-and-so’s Mom. But too many parents nowadays are in a bind. They feel if they take too much time off (even if it is vacation time they have earned) they will be the first to be laid off. For families one paycheck away from disaster, this can be a real concern. And not everyone has family in the area to “sub” for them. It’s a balance, a hard, hard balance.
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  19. Amber NElson
    10/06/2014 @ 5:26 PM

    I do not have the time to be volunteer, however I do try to help out with any products they may need at school.
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  20. Joan Garrison
    10/06/2014 @ 5:03 PM

    I helped with my children’s school while they were in grade school. I use to go to my son’s class to read to them.

  21. Minette
    10/06/2014 @ 5:01 PM

    My kids are in middle school and high school and I am no longer active in the PTA. I have volunteered in the classrooms, served on PTA and helped with lots of events and field trips over the years. My kids see me being engaged and committed and that matters to me. I do all of this even though I work full time. I love being an entrepreneur and having the freedom to schedule my work and still have time for kids. Now that they are older, my volunteer duties are focused on their interests and being engaged in activities like marching band where they are spending their time. I love staying involved and I also love seeing how my kids interact and connect with others outside the home, very insightful!!
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  22. Amy
    10/06/2014 @ 4:46 PM

    I was always happy to have my folks involved with my school activities. And they were there for me when I needed help with homework, too! The school years go so quickly.
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