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A recent article collated data from various studies of how children spend their time.

Here are a few nuggets:

  • Children spend less than 15% of their time in school
  • Parental involvement has a more powerful influence on academic performance than school-related factors
  • Parents have a greater ability to impact a child’s academic achievement than the child’s teacher does

Multiple studies, including the ones above, have come to the conclusion that there is one main difference that sets the parent-child relationship apart and makes it so powerful: conversation. When a parent regularly engages his or her child in a two-way conversation, language development skyrockets, and children grow in their thought-organization and ability to self-advocate.

Does this make sense to you as a parent? Can you share any stories about the power of conversation, especially if you have a shy child?


Sarah Forrest is a System Coach for the Easyread System, an online course for children with dyslexia, auditory processing disorders and highly visual learning styles that uses the Guided Phonetic Reading technique. Find out more at