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Quick Last Minute Parent/Teacher Conference Tips

By Jodie Lynn

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,,,,, and 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 for details on her new radio talk show, Inside Parenting Success.


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