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How You Influence Your Child

You influence your child in ways you might not think about.

Reading and success in school

Children do better in school when parents read to them often. Show your child that reading is important to you by having reading materials around your home. If your child sees you reading regularly, it shows you think reading is important.

Parental involvement

Be involved in your child’s school. Children do better when parents show an interest in their school.

Getting along with others

Children develop good social skills when parents spend time with them. Set guidelines for behavior and supervise your child when he plays.


Spending time with your child helps him build self-esteem.


Behavior is affected by circumstances at home. A supportive, loving family will provide an atmosphere that promotes positive behaviors.


Children who are exposed to extremely stressful situations can have physical symptoms related to both social and emotional issues.  Provide your child with your time and emotional support. A stable family is crucial for your child. Being a parent is the most important job you’ll ever have.

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Wilson, N., Family Time/Work Time. June 2010 Penn State Cooperative Extension. Penn State University. 29 November 2010.