Last week, assistant high school principal and blogger Mocha Momma asked parents of high school kids: "what is your definition of involvement? What does that include? How do you help your child be a successful student."
I realized that much of what I do to help my kids be successful happens at home. Blended family issues are at play at our house, too -- I'm nowhere near as involved with my stepkids schools as I'd like to be, and "parental involvement" is wildly different at the preschool level vs. at the middle- and high-school levels.
"We have a narrow view of what fits in as an involved parent, and if they donít fit there then we label them as uncaring," Mocha Momma explained in response to a comment on her post. "Thatís why I want to define what 'involvement' is from the parentís point of view and meet them in the middle."
I wish more school administers did things like this.
So, I haven't left a comment there yet -- still thinking of what to say. But her question stuck with me, and so here I am, throwing it out to you: Parents of older kids, how involved are you with your child's school?
Lylah M. Alphonse is a Globe staff member and mom and stepmom to five kids. She writes about juggling career and parenthood at The 36-Hour Day and blogs at Write. Edit. Repeat. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. April is Autism Awareness Month; you can read her posts about autism here.