Most parents want to be actively involved in their children’s lives and are aware of the benefits that their involvement has on their children’s sense of self-worth. (For more about kids and self-esteem, see our activities for kids page.) But how do you know, as a parent, that you’re involved enough?
Here is a little quiz to see if you are really involved actively in your child’s life
- Can you name all of your children’s teachers?
- Can you name your child’s best friends?
- Do you know your child’s favorite activity at school?
- Do you know what book they’re reading?
- Can you name your child’s heroes, in sport, films, music or on TV?
- If you have a teenager do you know why they like their music?
- Do you always know where your child is, and with who?
- Do you know, if your child is happy, sad, popular, lonely, anxious, untroubled?
If you don’t know the answers to these questions perhaps you need to get more involved in your child’s life. Being involved doesn’t mean smothering them and taking over their life but it does mean talking, listening, going to sport matches, piano recitals or swimming galas and being genuinely interested in your child’s interests, tastes and life.
Research has proven that children with involved parents do better at school, feel better about themselves, have greater self-esteem and are less likely to take drugs or go off the rails.
“Within eight weeks of beginning the Reading Kingdom, Ben’s progress was enormous. Each day that we continue the programs, he improves. It has also boosted his self-esteem. “– Gail Weiner, parent