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How To Attend a High School Parents' Night

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Communication between school and home is extremely important. Get to know your teen's teachers!
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 1 hour

Here's How:

  1. First, make sure you attend. If both parents can't be there, one should be. This lets the school know you are serious about your teen's education.

  2. Make a plan for every class. Write down 3 or 4 questions to ask.

  3. Ask your teen for some input.

  4. Don't allow the teachers to monopolize the time. Let them know you have come prepared to ask a few questions.

  5. Truly listen to their answers. Don't get into the 'not my child' trap. It is important to know how this teacher feels about your child, whether you agree with him/her or not. Mull their answers over later when you have more time.

  6. Take notes. Your teen takes many classes so you will need to remember which teacher said what - write it down!

  7. If you walk away with concerns, talk to your teen. But do it the next day, after you have had time to think it over.

  8. The day after the parent's night, go back and make appointments with any teachers you felt you needed more time with.

Tips:

  1. If time becomes an issue, schedule another conference with the teacher before you leave.

  2. How many school nights a week is your teen allowed out?(leisure time only)

    See the poll results.

  3. Parenting Quizzes for Parents of Teens

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