The Importance of the Parent-Teacher Bond

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The beginning of the school year is a time of many transitions for kids.  New teacher, new classroom, new faces, new schedules.  While many kids and parents look forward to change and starting over, some experience anxiety.

Many parents spend the school year getting to know their child’s teacher in an effort to support their child’s learning.  It can be daunting to have to start over year after year.  And not every parent-teacher combination is the best match.

It’s important to foster that relationship, though, because the parent-teacher bond can really set the stage for a year of learning and growth.  Sondra Abrams, Kindergarten teacher in Manhattan Beach, CA, agrees, “Establishing a strong home/school connection, as well as a strong teacher/parent bond, can be just as important as the bond we create with our students.” 

Four reasons to bond with your child’s teacher:

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It builds trust:

When you build a relationship with your child’s teacher, you build trust.  It’s important to walk away from the classroom each day knowing that your child is in good hands and having fun learning.

Parents worry.  It’s hard to drop your child off at school all day and simply trust a new person in your life to love that child as much as you do.  All children are different, and it’s hard to know how well your child will respond to the transition.

When you build a relationship with your child’s teacher, you build trust.  It’s important to walk away from the classroom each day knowing that your child is in good hands and having fun learning.  When take the time to get to know your child’s teacher, you will feel more comfortable and trust that your child is safe, happy, and learning each day.

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It provides extra support:

It doesn’t take long for a teacher to really get to know your child.  They are together all day!  Teachers get to know how your child learns and where they might need a little extra support.

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When you build a trusting relationship with the teacher and are open to listening to suggestions and strategies, you can really learn how best to support your child’s learning at home.  Abrams always appreciates it when parents are open to hearing feedback, “It can be difficult to hear that your child is having a hard time in school, but the best thing a parent can do is listen openly and work with the teacher to create a plan of action that best suits the child.” 

Homework might support what your child learned during the week, but your child’s teacher might also have some really great pointers when it comes to working on reading, math, or other areas of concern. 

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It enhances learning:

It goes without saying that your children are always watching you, right?  You might think your child runs into the classroom without a second glance each morning, but chances are she pays close attention to how you interact with her teacher.

When you take an active role in your child’s day-to-day education, your child is likely to demonstrate increased attention and motivation in the classroom.  Abrams echoes this sentiment, “When children know that their teacher and parents are connected, the student also feels more vested in his or her education.”

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The teacher gets to know your child better:

All kids experience ups and downs along the way, and sometimes they just need a little extra love and attention.  Abrams always appreciates it when parents keep her in the loop.  “One of the best things a parent can do is keep the child’s teacher in the loop when there are changes in the house or when they see their child struggling with a concept or skill”, she states.  “We want to help your child, but with high class enrollment we don’t always see the day-to-day struggles that parents might see at home.” 

When you take the time to fill your child’s teacher in on what’s happening at home, the teacher has a better understanding of what to expect and how to best support your child on any given day.  And that makes for happier kids who truly enjoy learning.

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The Importance of the Parent-Teacher Bond

Katie Hurley, LCSW is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and writer in Los Angeles, CA. She is the author of "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" and "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World". She earned her BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She divides her time between her family, her private practice and her writing. Passionate about he ... More

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2 comments

  1. Grace says:

    last year when my oldest was in kindergarten she had a class size of 33, this year we decided for many reasons to put her in a christian school- class size of 11 vs what would have been 24, she is learning so much faster. both teachers are wonderful sweet women- but last year the class let 6th graders come in and help and one day my daughter came home and said look mommie i can write what i am- (she could only write her name correctly at that point so i said show me) she wrote (her name) (then) sucks. i was horrified. i’m sure her teacher did not teach her- but she learned it at school….

  2. Phammom says:

    Love this. As a preschool teacher I wish more parents did this.

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