Lack of Knowledge and Skills Parents who are involved with their children’s education are building the foundations for a better educated child. Unfortunately, not all parents have the knowledge and skills to become effectively involve in their child's education. Parents may have intentions to raise their children to become successful beings but their actions contradict their intentions. "Many parents have the right goals for their children, but they simply do not know what works and what doesn't, or they have incorrect or misinformed ideals about what works" (p. 103, Steinberg, 1996). For example, some parents show that they care for the child's education by doing the homework for him or her. On the contrary, we all know that this causes the student failure and harms the child's learning opportunities. Nonetheless, many parents see their parenting styles as “not a problem” and never consider taking classes and learning parental techniques. They either blame the teachers or the students for their child’s low achievement and performance in schools. For example, a parent called me at the end of second semester and asked me the reasons why her child was failing Algebra 1. I was asked to offer before school and after school tutoring for her child. However, she was never able to get her child to school on time for the help. During after school hours, he was nowhere to be found. We have to help parents “see that effective parenting is more than just common sense; that parenting is learned, not an inborn skills” (p.104, Steinberg, 1996). Good parenting will only come if the parents do their part by learning to be more responsible and demanding.
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