In today’s time, parents try to achieve all-round development for their children. Academics, extra-curricular activities and sports all contribute to their holistic development. Parents too can play a key role in this nurturing.
Volunteering in your child’s school can help you and your child in several ways. It shows the child that you take keen interest in their education. It helps them in understanding the importance of the institution that imparts them learning. By volunteering at your child’s school, you are able to enter their world without really interfering in their privacy. Interaction with teachers and administrators provide you an insight into their daily activities. You also set examples of helping people and growing as a community.
Volunteering also helps the school in conducting various activities and creating worthy experiences for the children. Let’s say you are good at table tennis. You can volunteer to train students for an upcoming tournament and thus contribute your part. If you have a manufacturing factory, you can propose to the school to take students on a factory tour. If you enjoy reading stories to children, you can hold reading sessions or start a summer book club. Volunteering isn’t big or small. It is about finding the right fit. Not every parent can contribute in every activity in the same way. The best approach is to talk to your child’s teacher to understand what help can the school use. Also, it is in the best interest of your child to not give him special treatment during your volunteering at the school.
Researches and studies have shown that students, parents, teachers and the school all benefit from parents’ decision to work as a volunteer in the school. Getting involved with your child’s school is a great way of showing that you are keenly interested in their education and growth. It also weaves a lot of positivity as your action show that you are enthusiastic about the school and the happenings there. Modern schools are often concerned about raising money to support many initiatives that they take. Parent volunteers can play an important part in organizing these activities. Parents volunteering for a school are huge resource and support base for the school community. Their participation also sends a positive signal to their children who understand the value and benefit of participating in a larger cause.
Volunteering for your child’s school ensure that you communicate with your child’s teachers, instructors as well as administrators on regular basis. This will keep you abreast of your child’s progress and how he or she is faring in the school and what needs to be done to take care of problematic areas. You will also tap into trends and fads of school life which will allow you to open a more clear line of communication with your child as they grow. This is important as your children in their growing years will heed and respect your advice rather than treating you as an intruder keen on destroying their privacy. Apart from your own child, parents who volunteer for school also benefit other children as well. For example, a gentleman may become a positive role model for children who do not have a father and likewise a woman can become a role model for children without a mother.