6 Tried and True Tips to Build Positive Relationships with Parents or How to Get Parents on Your Side

Getting parents to collaborate and work with you to support their child is so important. You can learn so much when you work together.  I think all teachers old or new will want to read this post and I think #6 is so important!

Home and School communication is so important. Getting parents on your side and working together as a team can enhance all aspects of a child's education. One thing to remember is parents know their children better than the teacher in that they have been their child's teacher from the day their child was were born. I always relay to parents that they are the most important person in their child's life.  So, with that being said, use parent's input and work together. The following are some tips from my experiences to work side by side with parents. Your positive relationship will definitely promote student progress.

Tried and True Ideas:

1.  Start the year off with a positive phone call to each child's family/house. An e-mail is okay,but a phone call is better in that it shows that you are taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat a bit.  These phone calls can also give you very important information about a student as well as build a positive relationship with parents. If possible try to give a positive phone call each report period. It also makes it easier when and if you have to call about a problem.  It shows you care!
2.  Invite parents into your classroom, if it is permitted in your district, to share a favorite book or chat about their job or occupation. Our School always had a Guest Reader on Friday afternoons. I changed the day and time for working parents if necessary.
3.  Send a Monthly or Weekly Newsletter home sharing with parents special news and announcements that are special to your classroom. It is best to send a hard copy just in case a parent does not have access to a personal computer. You can also send these notes and announcements on your class homework sheet.
4.  Weekend News: Have children share important classroom news each week. This is not only a great way to connect home and school, but it is also a super writing activity. Parents can then write back to their students if this is completed in a weekly journal. ( See the Responsive Classroom website connection on the sidebar).
5.  During Parent/Teacher Conferences, start off conferences with a positive remark about the student.  I always started off with a self-evaluation sheet that student's filled out about themselves. It was a super ice breaker and always brought a smile or some laughter to the conference.
6.  Say thank you to parents. I always wrote at the bottom of my home communication sheets; such as, homework and Newsletters, "Thank you for all your support at home. It shows in your child's progress!"
You may want to take a look at the Home and School /Teacher Communication Packet I have on myTeachers Pay Teachers Sunshine and Lollipops Shop This resource is filled with ready to use forms and printables to encourage Home and School Communication. Some of the resources in this packet are mentioned above!

Another easy peasy idea from my shop is Back to School Parent Communication Checklists and Notes                             


I hope these ideas bring a bit of sunshine to your day! Enjoy! Please leave some of your ideas for Parent Communication in the comment section!!


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  1. Thank you so much for these tips!!!They are so on point and they will prove very helpful!!!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I hope you have a great year!!

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  2. These are great ideas. If something comes up later in the year, the work you put in at the beginning to help the parents know what is going on and able to trust you as a person and a teacher pays off in spades. Thank you for the list and the resources.

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    1. Couldn't agree more! Thanks for shring your comments!!

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    1. Thank you for your comment and for stopping by!

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  4. You always have such great tips! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  5. I agree that parent-teacher communication is key to a successful school year. I believe in this whole-heartedly. I also think that it is important to allow parents to get to know you. I share small amounts of personal information (like about my own children or about an activity that I might have done) with my parents. This shows that you are "human"/relatable and that you understand where they are coming from, or what that might also be experiencing.

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    1. I agree...I also share about myself and my own children to the class and parents especially during conferences! Thanks for the additional idea!!!

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  6. I've been very fortunate to work in school in which parents are very involved, and I rely on them to help me in the classroom. Sometimes this backfires, and I've had to suggest that parents spend less time in the classroom. That's always hard, but generally, they understand that we're all working for the best interest of the kiddos.

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    1. If I have a child who does not work well when his mom or dad is present, then I will have the parents participate in some other capacity...I agree it is so important to make sure the parents understand that we are all working together for the best interest of their child! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Teachers often associate parental contact with negative incidents or as a punitive measure. My recent school made a shift in parental contact to include cold-calling to inform parents of something students had made an improvement in (particularly students with high office referrals) plus sending out weekly letters for nominated students across the school in each class for a principal/deputy principal commendation. Even with being in a high school setting, the school has had very positive feedback and being a rural community the principal is often told by parents about them being proud of their kids for the letter they received, when he is out and about in town!

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  8. Such a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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