ERIC Number: ED433959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
How Busy Parents Can Help Their Children Learn and Develop. Early Childhood Digest.
Mayer, Ellen; Kreider, Holly; Vaughan, Peggy
Although parents are often very busy with work and family responsibilities, there are many things they can do to help their school-age children learn and develop. This early childhood digest for parents provides tips obtained from parents of first and second graders in the School Transition Study on creative ways to stay involved in their children's learning and development. Suggestions are presented in four areas. First, parents can use their time well, such as organizing schedules, doing a few things at once, making daily routines a time for learning, and finding others to help. Second, parents can balance work schedules and family by doing some school things at the beginning of the day, making breakfast the big family meal, and doing things differently on the weekend. Third, parents can stay involved with their child's school by doing small things that fit into that school, using resources offered by the school, and asking the school for help. Fourth, parents can think about what's right for them and use available resources if they need help, such as a family resource center or parent education programs. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Elementary Education, Family School Relationship, Family Work Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parents, Parents as Teachers, Primary Education, Time Management
National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education, U.S. Department of Education, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20208; Tel: 202-219-1935; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Early Childhood Development and Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.; National Inst. on Early Childhood Development and Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.