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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CEO Mom: Chief Education Officer in the Family

From Smart Kids with LD

February 24, 2014

A national survey confirms what many parents know intuitively: Moms are the Chief Education Officers (CEOs) of the family.

According to an article in Education Week, the survey of more than 5,000 adults, conducted online by Sylvan Learning, found that “88% of mothers of school-aged children believe that they are primarily responsible for their child’s academic success and deserve the so-called CEO title.”

What does it mean to be the Chief Education Officer? Simply put, Mom CEOs take a proactive role in their child’s education. Jeffrey Cohen, Sylvan Learning’s CEO (Chief Executive Officer), describes these parents as “working partners with teachers to ensure their children achieve academic and personal success.”

Challenging Role

Just as any high-level manager will attest, being on top can take its toll. A large number of CEO moms report that helping their children with homework (44%) and understanding their school curriculum (35%) is the primary stressor in their lives.

Another 30% were concerned about the lack of time they had to help their children, while 20% said quality family time suffered due to academics.

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