When fathers are involved in the lives of their kids, especially with their education, children learn more, perform better in school, and exhibit healthier behavior. Even when fathers do not share a home with their kids, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact.
Did you know –
- Preschoolers with involved fathers have stronger verbal skills than those with less involved fathers.
- Girls who have a close, warm relationship with their father have a stronger competence in mathematics.
- Boys with highly involved fathers in their life receive superior grades and perform a year above their expected age level on achievement tests.
- Adolescents and young adults develop better verbal skills, intellectual functioning, and academic achievement when fathering style is active and nurturing.
What to do?
- Make contact with your child's school.
- Meet regularly with teachers (check out tips on how to do so effectively).
- Consider joining the school’s parent-teacher group.
- Volunteer for activities or fundraisers the school puts on. You can talk with other parents and be a part of the fun your child is having at school.
- Work on time management together - designate a time for nightly homework and help your child stick to this schedule.
- Get involved with what your child is learning. Do some research on the topics they’re covering so that you’re able to talk about it with them and fully answer their questions.
- Keep track of your child’s grades so that any issues can be addressed immediately, instead of waiting until report cards come out.
- Encourage your child and be supportive of every effort they make in school.
Get involved with The Million Father March, a day when fathers and other men make a year-long commitment to their children, their families, their communities and their country to volunteer 10 hours during the coming school year at their child's school.
The August 2012 NRFC Webinar Fatherhood Buzz - Back to School Initiative: Effective Strategies for Increasing Father Involvement in Schools provided ideas and resources to help increase father involvement in schools and their children’s education. Including resources and tips for fathers to help them increase their involvement in schools and their children’s education.
There are a lot of ways you can get involved with your kids and their education. This section provides some help in getting you started.