If you are concerned about your child interest in school, here are some dropout warning signs to pay attention to:
• Your child does not like school.
• Your child thinks that you don’t care if he goes to school or not.
• Your child believes that you are too controlling and he wants to rebel.
• Your child has trouble with school work or does not feel as smart as his classmates.
Children whose parents are not involved in school are more likely to repeat a year, have lower grades, or have behavior problems. Parents and families can have a positive effect on teenager's high school achievement by simply staying involved in school activities. Parents can show support by attending meetings or school events or volunteering. Parental involvement has many benefits. Students are more likely to have better grades and test scores and a more positive attitude towards school when they are supported at home.
Establishing family routines is also shown to have a positive effect on school success. Parents can help by setting and sticking to family routines, having family dinners, and taking the time to talk to their teen. Creating space and time where homework can be done demonstrates the importance of school within the household.
By letting teens know that success in school is important, parents are creating a positive environment where learning and success can take place. Encourage your student’s success and praise their efforts, even when they fall short.
Source: Carole Gnatuk, Extension Specialist for Child Development, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture; Lauren Michalak, Graduate Assistant