How to prepare for parent-teacher meetings so that everybody wins
Some parents hate them and some parents love them.
Regardless, parent-teacher meetings are invaluable to both parties.
Creative parenting expert Nikki Bush offers tips on how to ensure a successful parent-teacher meeting at your child's school.
Because the meetings are usually brief, preparation is key, Bush explains.
She advises parents to arrive with a list of short questions to pose to the teacher during the discussion.
Parents should jot down some of their child's overall strengths and weaknesses as well as recent improvements and areas where they are not thriving, she says.
Bush urges parents to use the meeting as an opportunity to inform a teacher about any personal challenges that could be impacting on a child's progress at school.
She warns that parents should never discredit a teacher or have disagreements with a teacher in front of their child, as this erodes respect in the classroom.
The parenting expert says the meetings are aimed at discovering more about your child's progress and their social and academic behaviour in the classroom space.
It's an opportunity to listen as well to put your concerns and interest on the table. It's a two-way street.Nikki Bush, parenting expert
It's an opportunity for a parent to have face-to-face contact with the teacher. It's a feedback session.Nikki Bush, parenting expert
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