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Parents: ways you can help your child flourish in school

By Worcester School Committee member John Monfredo

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Study after study shows that parental involvement is the key to how well all children, regardless of their financial background, succeed in all areas of life, especially school. But it takes work on many fronts: physical, emotional, social and more. Let’s start off with some high-quality health ideas:

• Get in good shape: It’s no secret that we are an overweight society and obesity is a problem. Encourage your child to exercise for about 30 to 60 minutes each day. These activities can be as simple as taking walks to putting on some music and having your children dance.
• Make Healthy Choices: As parents you control the environment at home so start by insisting that the family eat together at least four times a week or more. Eating together leads to good conversation and makes family togetherness a part of the daily routine. Continue reading Parents: ways you can help your child flourish in school