Karen Bantuveris, founder and CEO of VolunteerSpot, has brought together more than a quarter of a million parents, teachers and grassroots community leaders to volunteer and get involved. Bantuveris encourages parents to share time and talents at school.
If you are a single mom, try to have a positive male role model in your child's life - whether it's an uncle, grandfather or family friend. Children benefit emotionally and psychologically from having both strong male and female figures in their lives.
Armin Brott, aka Mr. Dad, is the author of Fathering Your School-Age Child and urges dads to stay involved during their children's school years.
Help your child schedule get-togethers with friends, suggests Brott. Offer to invite a friend or two along on one of your outings. Getting to know your their friends is a terrific way to learn more about your children.
Bantuveris encourages parents to talk to your kids about what's happening in school, with their teachers, with classroom activities and on upcoming assignments. Let them know you care about their education and their school life.
Brott agrees and urges parents (dads included) to have serious conversations with the kids about drugs, alcohol, sex, peer pressure and "all the other things you dread talking about."
As parents, we have plenty to say to our kids. Sometimes, though, we become even more involved by listening instead of talking. School age kids have a lot to say, says Brott. "Set aside some time every day to turn off the cell phone and the television and the computer and focus 100 percent on your child," advises Brott. "Resist the urge to give advice -- just listen."
"Your child is a separate person," says Brott, "not an extension of you." It's important to think about what your child needs and wants, as opposed to what you want. As your child grows and becomes more independent, your role shifts from involved parent to that of mentor, so cherish every opportunity you have today to be a big part of your child's life.
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