School Year Resolutions: 10 Inspiring Parent Pledges To Help Their Kids Learn

In a perfect world, each day you’d have time to engage deeply in your children’s education. But, when you have a billion things on your to-do list, 24 hours doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to fit in work, family, school, and extracurricular activities.

You’re not alone. Nearly half of parents (47%) say they wish they had more time to engage with their children, according to a recent Pearson poll conducted with NBC. After all, parents are their children’s’ first and most important teachers. So, how can parents boost their grades in this department?

Thousands of parents, educators, grandparents (and celebrities, too) contributed ideas to the School Year Resolution program, powered by Pearson and NBC.

Whether you're a parent, a grandparent, another family member or even a teacher, now is a great time to think about ways you can support the students in your life.
Whether you’re a parent, a grandparent, another family member or even a teacher, now is a great time to think about ways you can support the students in your life.

What resolutions topped the charts?

Here are some of the most popular resolutions from our friends at the Parent Toolkit:

1. “My school year’s resolution is to read a book to Vale every single day. Even though she’s only one, and usually she just eats the book, I know it’s good to read to her, and I want to do it every single day.” –Savannah Guthrie, host of the Today Show

2. “To get my family together for at least a half hour each day so we can all read together.” –Al Roker, host and weatherman of the Today Show

3. “My school year’s resolution is to help my kids embrace their curiosity.” –Matt Lauer, host of the Today Show

4. “This school year, I resolve to play more with my two kids” –Erica Hill, co-anchor of the weekend Today Show

5. “My school year’s resolution is to root on my nieces and nephew and help them face their fears. I want them to think big, be bold, and want them to know that their aunt is there to root them on no matter what.” –Tamron Hall, NBC News national correspondent

6. ”I’ll continue to encourage and foster my kids’ love of storytelling and writing” –Willie Geist, co-anchor of Today’s Take

7. I will be more patient helping my kids with their homework, even if it’s sixth grade math!” –Natalie Morales, Today Show news anchor

8. To help foster my daughter Mila’s lifelong love of learning as she starts preschool” –Jenna Bush Hager, Today Show special correspondent

9. “My resolution is for Harper to not only learn the alphabet, but to get a good physical education as well” –Jenna Wolfe, NBC News national correspondent

10. “When parents get involved in their kids’ education, kids performance in school improves. That’s why Barack and I try to talk to our girls as much as we can about what they’re learning, so we can support them through any challenges they might face.”–First Lady Michelle Obama

The First Lady shares her special school year resolution

First Lady Michelle Obama from Parent Toolkit on Vimeo.

You can post your resolution, share your favorite celebrity resolutions, or explore others on social media using the hashtag #SchoolYrResolution.

Coming soon: more school year resolutions from parents, educators, and community advocates around the topics of academics, social and emotional development, and health and wellness.