Why Educator and Parent Wellbeing Matters: A Positive Education Perspective

In this thought-provoking article, we explore the critical role that educator and parent wellbeing plays in shaping our educational landscape and fostering student success.

Tamara Judge

5/24/20234 min read


In our pursuit of educational excellence, we often overlook a critical factor: the wellbeing of educators and parents. However, research and experience have shown that prioritising their wellbeing is not just beneficial, but essential for creating thriving learning environments (1, 2). In this article, we will share five reasons why educator and parent wellbeing matters in the context of positive education and how it positively impacts student success and wellbeing.

1. The Ripple Effect of Wellbeing:

Imagine a classroom where teachers feel stressed, overwhelmed, and disconnected. Similarly, envision a home environment where parents are constantly fatigued and emotionally depleted. In both scenarios, the impact on student wellbeing and academic achievement is undeniable. Research has consistently shown that when educators and parents experience high levels of wellbeing, it creates a ripple effect that positively influences students' attitudes, motivation, and overall success (3, 4).

2. Emotional Contagion and Modelling:

Children are highly perceptive and often mirror the emotions and behaviours they observe from adults. When educators and parents prioritise their own wellbeing, they inadvertently model self-care, resilience, and positive coping strategies (5). This modelling becomes a powerful educational tool, teaching students essential life skills and promoting their own emotional and mental wellbeing (6, 7).

3. Enhancing the Learning Environment:

Educators who prioritise their wellbeing are more likely to create positive and inclusive learning environments. They bring enthusiasm, creativity, and a genuine passion for teaching, which fosters student engagement and enjoyment of the learning process (8). Similarly, parents who prioritise their wellbeing can provide a supportive home environment, enabling students to thrive academically and emotionally.

4. Building Stronger Relationships:

When educators and parents are well-supported and experience a sense of wellbeing, they are better equipped to build positive relationships with students/their children (9). These relationships are essential for fostering trust, effective communication, and collaboration. Strong teacher-student and parent-child connections promote a sense of belonging, encourage open dialogue, and ultimately contribute to improved student wellbeing and achievement (10).

5. Promoting Sustainable Education:

Sustaining excellence in education requires a long-term perspective. By prioritising the wellbeing of educators and parents, schools invest in the sustainability of their educational programs. When teachers and parents feel valued, supported, and fulfilled, they are more likely to stay in their roles, leading to greater continuity, consistency, and quality in student education, as well as improved student wellbeing (11, 12).


Educator and parent wellbeing should no longer be viewed as optional extras but rather as integral components of a positive education system. By focusing on adult wellbeing, schools create a fertile ground for student growth and success (13, 14, 15). As educators and parents flourish, they create a positive ripple effect that permeates every aspect of a student's educational journey. It is time to recognise the profound impact of their wellbeing and make it a cornerstone of our approach to education. By doing so, we foster a generation of resilient, engaged, and fulfilled learners who are primed for lifelong success and happiness.


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