Parents’ Role in Children’s Academic & Extra-Curricular Activities

May 27, 2013

Do you consider yourself an involved parent?

Do you check your kids’ homework and make sure they’re doing well in school?

Actively fill up your kids’ schedule with sports or extra-curricular activities like music lessons, dance lessons etc?

In this week’s show, host Chiao Kee Lim speaks with psychologist Dr. Peter Haiman about parents’ role in children’s academic and extra-curricular activities.

Listen in for the answers to the following questions:
• What role should parents be playing when it comes to their children’s academic and extra-curricular activities?
• Should parents choose their children’s activities or should kids do it themselves?
• Should parents set expectations about children’s grades and academic achievements?
• What do you do if your child is not interested in school?
• Should parents encourage children to be competitive?

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About The Guest

For more than four decades, parents have met with Dr. Peter Haiman to resolve child and adolescent rearing problems. His work in this area has received national recognition and been featured in local newspaper articles.

He has provided individual psychotherapy to adults and adolescents over the past 25 years. Dr. Haiman has served as a child custody expert witness to courts and provided child custody advice for parents involved in divorce. In child custody divorce cases, he provides competent psychosocial developmental knowledge that can be applied to the individual child and family situation. In particular, he specializes in promoting child custody attachment parenting and aiding with child custody visitation.

Dr. Haiman was one of 35 professionals from across the country selected to participate in President Clinton’s historic Child Development Delegation to Cuba in 2001. He has extensive involvement in various government initiatives and was also tenured associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Early Childhood Development and Education at the University of South Carolina. He has taught at colleges and universities in Ohio and in the San Francisco Bay Area, including St. Mary’s College in Moraga. He was elected President of the San Francisco and South Carolina chapters of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The California State Department of Education has appointed him to serve on administrative and curriculum task forces. He was a member of the California Senate’s Select Committee on Children and Youth.

Articles by him have been published in The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, Young Children, Contemporary Pediatrics, the Journal of Psychohistory, Mothering Magazine, New Beginnings, Working Mother and other national and foreign publications. They can also be read on several websites.

For more resources and information about Dr. Peter Haiman, go to his website at




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