Communicating for Your Child
Review the tips below from our GCPS Parent Mentor to learn more about communicating for your child.
Tip #1: Building Relationships is the Key to Success
- Parents and teachers are a team in the education of a child and must establish the foundational groundwork for a strong relationship.
- Good communication skills are essential to building strong relationships.
- The health of the relationship between home and school can positively affect the academic success of the child.
Tip #2: Don’t Wait for the Teacher to Take the First Step
- Make sure you know who your child’s teachers are.
- Make an effort from the beginning of the school year to get to know your child’s teacher.
- Stay in frequent contact with your child’s teacher.
- Partner with your child’s teacher to determine how you will stay in touch (email, communication log, phone calls, conferences).
Tip #3: Do Not Avoid Conflict. Seek to Resolve it.
- Despite our best efforts, there may be times that we do not see eye to eye.
- If handled well, conflict can be productive and can lead to deeper understanding, mutual respect and stronger relationships.
- You have influence on communication as both the listener and the responder.