While in college, I read a study on the single most important influencer in a child's life. It was not socioeconomics, race, or gender. What was found to be the difference maker in a child's life? Parental involvement. It makes sense when you think about it. A parent who is engaged and knows what is happening with their child, and more importantly, advocates for their child, can only benefit the student. I am not talking about the helicopter parent style. I do believe there is a difference between being involved and being overly involved in every decision, direction, and project a child completes.
This TED Talk with Angela Lee Duckworth really caught my attention. I love this because this idea of intrinsic motivation within our students is so important. If you are still not sure about this idea of grit, read the book Punished by Rewards, Alfie Kohn. Here is a link to learn more: http://www.alfiekohn.org/punished-rewards/. I read the book almost twenty years ago and is still relevant today.
Enjoy the TED Talk and thank you for doing what is best for kids!