Sometimes parent involvement can be a tough sell. Of course you want to be involved, but you have so many other demands on their time.

But did you know that getting involved isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s also a smart thing to do? Research shows that children with involved parents tend to be more successful. Also, involved parents typically have more access to school information, making them better advocates for their children.

So next time you think about pitching in at an event, remember that it’s not just about doing your parent group a favor. Yes, you’re helping the school community, and you’re are helping your own kids, too.

Check out this video to see how getting involved can make a difference in your children’s lives. A Spanish-language version is below.

In addition, we have articles that summarize the research on parent involvement that’ll help you understand its importance:

Make the Case for Parent Involvement

You Really Do Make a Difference at School

Originally posted in 2014 and updated regularly.