But not too involved.
Parents who are too involved:
• Hover over their child as he works.
• Get upset at mistakes their child makes.
• Do the work when their child can’t.
• Believe their child’s success or failure confirms their success or failure as a parent.
Being too involved sends kids harmful messages like, “I don’t think you’re capable of doing this.”
Such messages make kids feel guilty and incompetent. And being over-involved keeps kids dependent on you. They come to believe they can’t do the work without you.
To ensure you’re involved
• Provide a private place for your child to study.
• Be less of a participant and more of a consultant to your child.
• Make your interventions brief—a few minutes.
• Suggest your child get help from the teacher.
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