GUEST EDITORIAL: Parents play important role in getting children ready for school

The following editorial was published in the Aug. 21 edition of the Commercial-News, Danville, Ill.:

School registration complete? Check. Bookbag full of necessary supplies? Check. New clothes already picked out and ready to go? Check.

In little more than two weeks, local children will start a new school year. Parents play a vital part in preparing their children for school. And the responsibility goes far beyond making sure new crayons are in the bookbag.

In a recent reporting series in the Commercial-News, reporters talked to experts in child development, education and in business to outline the connection between early academic success and building a successful career.

Again and again, the experts agreed: Parents are the key. Good parents make sure their children get enough rest and receive good nutrition to help make learning easier.

Good parents check their children’s homework, work on difficult lessons with their children and make an effort to meet their child’s teachers and discuss potential concerns with them.

In other words, good parents stay involved in their children’s academic life.

It takes no money to fulfill this critical responsibility. All it takes is time and commitment on the part of the adult. That relatively small investment can yield huge dividends for children as they progress through school.

So before classes even start, make a promise to your children to help them, to encourage them and to support them at school. Few things can help shape a child’s future in such a positive way.

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