For us to have a crystal understanding of this topic, it is pertinent that we first start by appreciating these two imperative concepts: power and influence.
Power: this can be said to mean the capacity to do something, the ability to control or influence someone or people to do something of which ordinarily they wouldn’t have done, the strength quality of a subject.
Influence: This on the other hand can be the effect of something on a person, thing or event; the power that someone has to affect other people’s thinking or actions by means of argument, example, or force of personality.
Now, in merging these two concepts in this context, we therefore try to weigh the powers (strength qualities and potencies) of the concept of influence on children and their parents, from teachers.
Research has shown that human beings are the most intelligent, smart and open-minded gregarious animals on earth. Hence, that man’s seek and improvement of knowledge is further actualized in his gregarious nature (able to associate in group). By this naturally, no man is an island. No wonder institutions like schools exist, congregations, churches fellowship and even families. These are interconnected as they are essential in the existence of men, because through these, there is a great heightening in the connection of influence among men. Teachers have crucial and paramount roles to play as it concerns influence on children and their parents.
Firstly, through the teachings, be it academics and morals, teachers can go a long way to inculcate on children the best trainings they need for growing up. Proverb 22:6 has emphasized that we ‘train up a child in the way he should go and so when he is old he would not depart from it’. Their influence to these young ones at their tender ages will be among the things they will hold sway as adults. Children are innocent and keen to learn, so therefore, teachers should use the privilege of being teachers to these young ones, to in-still not only academic leanings but also morals in these children. This will go a long way in affecting and strengthening positively, the trainings, ways and behaviours of these young ones, even in their various families and also the impression of their guardians about the teachers. Mind you, whatever character a child displays in home, which seems erratic, parents most likely, attributes it to the knowledge they get from school. So therefore, there should be an inclusion of motivational teachings and sex educational teachings in the school’s curriculum. This will effectively motivate, enlighten and direct the students to rightly clinching to the essence of their dreams.
More so, there should be this feasible cordial rapport between the teachers and their students. Mark 10: 13-15 has stated “and they were bringing children to him that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, ‘let the children come to me do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a child shall not enter it”. Children themselves are gifts and should not be kept away. When a child draws nearer to an adult, the child becomes fond of the adult. When that happens, trust is established, when trust is established, the child’s problem is disclosed to be trashed. This is the key to a strong influence from a tutor to a student. How can this be done? One may ask.
Teachers should make out some extra-curricular activities to complement the conventional programs in the school, be it educational or otherwise. Activities like Games, Skill acquisition trainings and competitions should be introduced and organized for these children by the teachers. This will make the teachers seem more approachable and they the students more bendable, thus strengthening the channel of influence between the two parties. School will become more fun and beneficial to these children, who may have had the notion of stress for a school.
They should keep a close monitoring on the ones they tutor. As I have said earlier, whatever character a child displays in home, which seems erratic, parents most likely, attributes it to the knowledge they get from school. Teachers should therefore keep an eye on the kind of companies they keep, as well as the attitudes these young ones display in school because they (the teachers) are also parents to these young ones.
In extension, teachers should endeavour to strengthen their meetings with the children’s parents. Here, not only should the teachers organize official Parents-Teachers meetings, there should also be an occasional visitation of teachers to these young ones homes. This will improve the rapport between the teacher and parents, as it will display the teacher as an enthusiastic devoted hard-working trustworthy teacher.