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    Three Ways to Help Your Kids Get Ahead

    Of course you want to help your child do well. What parent doesnt? So here are three

    ways you can help your child excel.

    1. Participate in your childs education.Studies have shown that children perform

    significantly better on grades and standardized tests when parents are consistently

    involved in their education process. i The more parents take an active role in

    encouraging their childs education, the better the child will perform, regardless of

    economic status, type of school (public, parochial, private, or home), or other factors.

    Unfortunately, the courts dont seem to want parents involved in a childs education. In

    Fields v. Palmdale (2005), the Ninth Circuit held that a fundamental parental right

    does not extend beyond the threshold of the school door, and the U.S. District Court

    for Massachusetts inParker v. Hurley (2007) held that parents have no right to opt

    their children out of controversial courses, including those on sex and sexual

    orientation. With these severe limitations in place, public school parents especially are

    at a great disadvantage to give their children the kind of support they need.

    2.Monitor your childs healthcare. You know you cannot help your child advance

    without first keeping them healthy. That means you have to watch what they eat, how

    they exercise, and what they might be going through of a medical nature. You have to be

    especially involved when your child is facing illness or a necessary medical procedure.

    Unfortunately, this can be a difficult challenge as well. Many states and many health

    professionals have interpreted federal HIPAA regulations in such a way as to cut

    concerned parents out of their childs medical care, even for minors as young as 11 years.Many of you have experienced this firsthand when trying to call your doctors office or

    insurance carrier about your teens latest doctor visit. You may be the parent and want

    whats best for your child, but now you need your childs permission to even know what

    is going on!

    3. Guard your childs freedoms and your own! Ultimately, you cant be any

    help to your child if the government continues to encroach on every aspect of your

    family life. And if our rights are eroding so quickly now, what will be left when our

    children are adults?

    The best way to defend their rights in the future is to protect your own rights now by

    passing the Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This language, added

    to the U.S. Constitution, will help you empower your kids in the areas outlined above,

    and preserve your freedom to make extraordinary decisions for them in other areas as


  • 8/6/2019 Three Ways to Help Your Kids Get Ahead


    Action Items

    If you havent already signed the petition to support the Parental Rights Amendment,

    pleasevisit us online and sign up now.

    Then, please pass this email along to concerned parents who want to provide the very

    best for their kids.

    Also, if you are able in these tough times, please donate here.

    You want the best for your kids, and so do we. Please join us in the fight to protect our

    kids by empowering parents through passage of the Parental Rights Amendment!


    Michael Ramey

    Director of Communications & Research

    (footnotes will be included online, not in the email)

    iUniversity of New Hampshire (2008, May 28). Parental Involvement Strongly Impacts StudentAchievement.ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 16, 2011, from

    /releases/2008/05/080527123852.htm Desforges, Professor Charles, with Alberto Abouchaar.The Impactof Parental Involvement, ParentalSupportand Family Education on Pupil Achievements and Adjustment: A Literature Review (June2003), Chapter 3 The Impact of Parental Involvement on Achievement and Adjustment, retrieved May16, 2011, from

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