In my work with kids and teachers over the years, I've witnessed the many benefits of healthy student-teacher relationships.
Establishing a connection between your child and his or her teachers is key to success in school and throughout life. Regardless of a child's scholastic abilities, parents can show him or her how to get along with teachers. Before your kids start school, give them a powerful advantage over other children by teaching them the following practical, easy-to-learn skills.
Tip 1: Smile and say "hello" to your teacher every day
Tip 2: Pay attention to your teacher. While your teacher is talking, look him or her in the eyes, smile and nod
Teachers enjoy working with children who are interested in learning. Students who are attentive and "encourage" their teachers during the lesson have an advantage over those who do not. In addition, these children will be more comfortable approaching a teacher with any concerns they may have.
Tip 3: Raise your hand periodically to ask a question about the lesson
Tip 4: Say "please" and "thank you"
Kids who use these skills in school will have an advantage over kids who do not. These skills also will carry over to the workforce, which will give children an advantage over others throughout their professional lives. One student I know suffered from significant learning problems. Many people thought he would not be successful in his professional life. Much to their surprise, however, he went on to have a wonderful career and did better than kids who were much "brighter," because his parents taught and reinforced good relationship skills over and over again.
Don't wait! Start using these Love and Logic techniques and join the thousands of parents who are raising successful, responsible kids.