Children need a combination of many qualities and skills to succeed in school. Parents are instrumental in this development. Necessary qualities and skills include social and emotional maturity, language skills, good health and physical well-being, problem-solving abilities, creative thinking skills and general knowledge about the world.
Other social and emotional skills and qualities children need at school include the ability to get along with other children and with adults, to share attention with other children and to adjust to a daily classroom routine. Parents can help their children develop social and emotional maturity in a number of ways.
Parents are the first and most important teachers of children. They can help provide opportunities for children to begin to develop these important life qualities.