All parents want the best for their children. We want to see them excel in life and reach beyond our own accomplishments. We, as the adults, understand that the foundation of success is education. It is our duty as primary educator of our children to assist them in their success in school. There are key measures to take in helping your child succeed in school.
The first step in helping your child succeed in school is to stress the importance of education from the beginning. You need to explain to your child the competition he or she will face and how they will be competing for jobs with people not only in this country but in foreign countries as well. Your child no doubt has a good understand of the internet and will clearly understand the concept of outsourcing jobs. Also explain to your where an education can take them. Provide examples of the things formally educated people are able to do, places they are able to go, and sights they are able to see versus those who aren’t. Find people you know to show the contrast. Let them know that a strong foundation starts at the bottom and that they should start building now. Knowing what can be achieved through education will surely motivate them to do their best.
The second step in helping your child succeed in school is to provide a good atmosphere for home and to be available to assist them when needed. Your child needs a clutter free and quiet place to do homework. There should be no television nor music to distract them. Homework should be done as soon as they get home from school while the days lesson is still somewhat fresh, and not later that night when they began to get sleepy. You should offer to help your child should they need it, even if means to help them in researching an answer. If you work, there should be a designated time in which you go over any difficult subjects with them.
The third step in helping your child succeed in school is to check their homework regularly whether they need help or not, and to ask about their school day in general. Checking your child’s homework daily will keep them on their toes. There should be no missing assignments and you may be able to catch any errors your child may have missed. Asking about their school day in general shows your child that you are interested. Your child will in turn come home and offer you information that they otherwise may not. Also, questioning about their school day may cause them to remember something they wanted to share with you that they may have otherwise forgotten.
The forth step in helping your child succeed in school is to get to know their teachers. As a parent who desires for their child to succeed in school, you should make time to meet with your child’s teachers. You should also keep regular contact with your child’s teachers to check up on their performance. Letting your child know that you have formed a relationship with his or her teachers and will be checking up on them regularly, will help to keep them in line both academically and behavior wise.
The last and probably most important step to helping your child succeed in school is to express pride and disappointment when they do well and not so well. All children look up to their parents and strive to get their parents approval. As parents we should definitely express that approval when it is due. Likewise, if we express disappointment when they don’t do so well, they will work to improve so that they may receive that praise they so enjoy. In this step, as parents you must be very clear and consistent as to what you approve and disapprove of. Be cautious not to be too harsh when expressing disappointment or else you can cause feelings of self-loathing and a downhill roll from there. You want your child to know that the isolated issue is undesirable, not that they themselves are undesirable. Be sure never to yell, name call, or put down. If a consistent problem occurs, schedule a meeting with your child’s teachers and include your child. Let he or she know that everyone is behind them and the encouragement will surely prompt the needed change.