CHAPTER 6

Homework and Extracurriculars: Should You Still Be Involved in High School?

It’s hard to argue with over fifty studies, all conducted in recent years, and all stating that parental involvement is the single most important factor in school success. All of the findings suggest that when parents invest in their children’s education, grades improve, attitudes improve, behavior improves, and teachers improve. It seems like a win-win situation, but it’s actually a precarious one, especially at the high school level.

The famous tightrope-walking Wallendas have nothing on the balancing act it takes to parent teenagers. It may be trite, but it’s true: parents walk a fine line, during these years, between holding on and letting go. Involvement ...

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