Education and parenting

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

― Nelson Mandela

As an educational psychologist I was invited to a school meeting with teachers and parents to discuss how they both can collaborate in assisting the student of the school to be more productive.  Further objectives of the meeting was to have the parents take a more active role in the lives of their children.  And, to provide appropriate models for children to follow.

I thought that this was quite a wonderful initiative by the school.  As sometimes, what can happen, is that fingers are pointed at each other.  Why?  Each viewing the other as solely responsible for preparing the child for education.  It plays itself out like this.  On the one hand, the view of parent may be, ‘the child was sent to school to learn, therefore it is the teacher’s responsibility to make this happen’.  On the other hand, the teacher may express the view that ‘the parent needs to prepare the mind of the child to want to accept what is being taught—after all, they are the first institution the child is exposed too.

When parents encourage or assisted children by means of supporting or mirroring strategies used in school, the child experiences continuity.

Parents who offer the necessary support to their child, are able to see the child’s true potential shine.  This is evident, as your child grades will significantly improve, their behavior and attitude towards learning will become more positive and they will grow to be more productive citizens in society.


Author: Allick Delancy

WE ALL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO DO GREAT THINGS IN LIFE! The areas of education, psychology, motivation, behavioural coaching, management of stress, anger and conflict, has always interested Allick Delancy. For this reason, over the years he has conducted research in these fields and has experienced great success in writing, lecturing and assisting other persons to develop their fullest potentials. He has obtained a Bachelors of Science in Behavioural Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology and Sociology. Allick Delancy also earned a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Psychology, with general emphasis in Learning, Development, Testing and Research from Andrews University. He has worked in the field of community mediation, education--conducting life skills training (for students, teachers and parents), as well as conducting Functional Behavioural Assessments and developing Functional Behavioural Plans. He also lectures at the Bachelors degree level in Early Childhood and Family Studies, Leadership and Management and co-wrote an undergraduate course in social work.

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