While it is important to give your child autonomy, part of teaching a tween responsibility is making sure that they know you’re on top of it all as well. To make sure everyone assumes some responsibility, you can:
- Talk with them about school.
- Check their homework assignment book and their finished work (though, don't do it for them or correct their wrong answers. It's OK to help out, but it's their responsibility to "get it," not yours).
- Form a good teacher-parent relationship during open house nights and conferences so your child knows you and his teacher are on the same side.
- Check in on your child’s grades before the end of the semester.
- Know the school handbook and the rules the school employs.
- Read papers and assignments that require a signature — they require one for a reason!