Having both parents involved in their children’s education is vital to the child’s success. If the parents are divorced, the parents and school should make an extra effort to include the father in the child’s education instead of leaving it all up to the mother or other custodial parent.
HOW THE SCHOOL CAN KEEP FATHERS INFORMED
There are many ways the school can act to keep fathers involved in their children’s education— especially if the parents are divorced and the mother is the custodial parent.
Make sure that progress information about the child goes out to both parents.
Invite both parents to school events, such as parent- teacher conferences, science fairs, and other academic events in which the child is involved.
Have a “Bring Your Dad to School Day.” Make it an event, and encourage all fathers to attend. Have a special luncheon, or another way to recognize the fathers’ efforts for attending the event.
Encourage fathers to help their children with their homework assignments, such as checking them over before they’re turned in to the teachers.
Welcome fathers to meet their children’s teachers. Have teachers collect fathers’ information (phone numbers, addresses, etc.) if different from the mothers’.
HOW FATHERS CAN KEEP THEMSELVES INVOLVED
Volunteer to be a sports coach, set designer for a play, or usher for special events. By doing this, you’ll help your child see that you feel that their activities are important.
Take children to the library and encourage them to read rather than play video games or watch TV.
Model the types of behaviors that students need, such as politeness, getting their work done on time, and sharing their belongings with others.
Have family mealtimes. Discuss how the day went and encourage your child to talk about their day at school.
Take time to let your child know how much you enjoy spending time with them, even at school functions.