Why You Should Have A Good Relationship With Your Child's Teacher

Editorial Team

We often hear of the importance or effect of students having a good relationship with their teacher and how to helps their academic performance but do you also know that the teacher- parent relationship is just as important. How well do you know your child’s teachers? Do you know that a positive parent-teacher relationship contributes to your child’s school success?

When I was teaching there were several parents that would not come to the school even during the Open Day or Parent Teacher Meeting. Even though most of these kids were not doing good in various subjects and taking terrible results home, their parents would still not show any concern.

“A positive parent-teacher relationship helps your child feel good about school and be successful in school,” advises Diane Levin, Ph.D., professor of education at Wheelock College. “It demonstrates to your child that he can trust his teacher, because you do. This positive relationship makes a child feel like the important people in his life are working together.”

Open communication between you and your child’s parent not only benefits you and your child, it also benefit the teachers and enables them to do their job effectively.

Research shows that parental involvement can free teachers to focus more on the task of teaching children. Also, by having more contact with parents, teachers learn more about students' needs and home environment, which is information they can apply toward better meeting those needs.

Parents also benefit from being involved in their children's education by getting ideas from school on how to help and support their children, and by learning more about the school's academic program and how it works.

The best way to develop a good relationship is to meet early on in the school year with teaching staff. All too often parents meet teachers for the first time under strained circumstances when there may be issues with the child's learning or behavior.

Taking the time to meet teachers early can help establish trust and let the school see your commitment to parental involvement.  It’s important to be respectful of teachers’ time and be polite, such as offering a simple “thank you” for the work they are doing.

Look to compliment your child's teacher on good work, such as the way they've decorated their classroom. Try to attend as many events as possible where parents are invited. And lastly, avoid talking negatively about your child in front of his or her teacher.

Think of the impact you can have in your child’s academic success by just developing a relationship with his/her teacher, don't you think it is worth the time and effort? Try this tips out and see if your kids would improve academically.