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Quick Last Minute Parent/Teacher Conference Tips


By Jodie Lynn
www.ParentToParent.com



Whether or not your child is in kindergarten or in high school. Last minute parent/teacher conferences and/or conversations is of immediate importance.

Here are TEN GOLDEN TIPS to remember when going into the end of year parent/teacher conferences that may save those last few weeks for the best academic performance.

#1. When your child comes to you with various complaints, write them down.

#2. Write down concerns of your own as well.

#3. To make sure your conference is not rushed, pick a time to talk with the teacher that best fits both schedules.

#4. Be respectful. Try to stay on track with the allowed time for your assigned conference. If you decide you need more time, reschedule a time to talk with the teacher another day.

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#5. Go in with a positive attitude.

#6. Do not blame anyone or anything for personal problems unless you are willing to hear the good, bad and the ugly. Stay calm and come up with a positive plan and goal.

#7. Your child's future will depend on you listening to their story and to the teacher's before forming an opinion or making any type of change.

#8. Fill the teacher in on what you have seen in the past that has worked well for your child.

#9. Volunteer to help the teacher out in some capacity and get to know the classroom, schedule and children in the classroom environment.

#10. Don't be afraid to stand up for your child -- but do not blame others for his/her failure. Come up with a doable plan for success right along the side of the teacher and/or school. Remember, everything the teacher discusses with you is written in a report and kept in your child's school folder which follows him from each grade. In most states you can look at it, but you cannot have a copy. It might be fun to challenge this and ask why. Why not? It's your child they are talking about.

© Jodie Lynn
Jodie Lynn is an award-winning internationally syndicated family/health columnist and radio personality. Her syndicated column Parent to Parent has been successful for over 10 years and appears in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and throughout the Internet. She is a regular contributor to several sites including eDiets.com, KeepKidsHealthy.com, ClubMom.com, BabyUniverse.com, CatholicMom.com, MainStreetMom.com and MommiesMagazine.com. Lynn has written four books and contributed to three others, one of which was on Oprah and has appeared on NBC in a three month parenting segment. Her latest books are "Mom CEO (Chief Everything Officer) - Having, Doing and Surviving It All!" (June 2006) and "Syndication Secrets - What No One Will Tell You!" (March 2006).
Please visit www.ParentToParent.com for details on her new radio talk show, Inside Parenting Success.

 

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