Be the Teacher's Pet: Working with Your Child's Teacher

Do You Have Good Communication Skills?

If your child has any fears or problems -- maybe he's terrified of loud noises or still hasn't gotten the hang of using the bathroom by himself -- give his teacher a heads-up during your first meeting. That way, she'll be able to deal with any dramas quickly and your child won't feel embarrassed or disrupt the class.

You should also let the teacher know if there are any changes going on at home that might affect your kid's behavior in class, such as a family illness or a divorce. "Mention any serious issue that might disrupt his routine," says Joyce L. Epstein, PhD, director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore. Parent-teacher talks should always be private, but remind her that the info is confidential if you feel uncomfortable.

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