- - Monday, March 17, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Armstrong Williams‘ Commentary piece, “Changing the conversation on parenting” (Web, March 16), is correct in its encouragement of positive parental involvement in children’s lives.

Mr. Williams cites statistics on positive outcomes, but another important reason for parents to be involved in the lives of their kids is that parents have control of their children’s lives about 75 percent of the time during the year.

Children are only required to be in school 170 days to 180 days a year — less than half of the 365 days in a year. If you divide those required days into three eight-hour periods (one in school, one out of school and one sleeping) you’ll see that children are in school only half of the hours they are awake during the school year. Therefore, only a quarter of a child’s time is spent in school in a year.

Children are still learning during the remaining 75 percent of the time they are not in school.

Mr. Williams‘ piece has a list of positive activities that can help them learn the right things. Most parents already know what negatives things they want their children to avoid. Some parents, especially those who choose to home-school their children, don’t even consider that some schools are a positive influence.

ROBERT BOUDREAUX

Waldorf, Md.

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