Success is not just about aiming for straight A’s, and education is not just about academics. As kids head back to school this month, here’s how parents can help their children succeed in school and make this journey worthwhile.
As a parent, you are the first and most important teacher to your child. Therefore, being involved in your child’s life becomes of the utmost priority in shaping their future. Here are some ideas to develop that precious partnership and help your child succeed in school:
Have Assertive Conversations – There is nothing like having that one fulfilling conversation where you inquire about your child’s day. Encourage open ended questions, like “Which was the most exciting part of the day?”, or “What didn’t you like about today?”.
Books. Books. Books – I can’t thank my parents enough for inculcating the habit of reading in me and my sisters. Encourage your child to read for at least 10-15 minutes every day. It improves concentration as well as comprehension skills.
Answer Their Questions – Kids are inquisitive, and they are impatient to know the answers right away. Answer their questions intelligently and carefully. If you do not know the answer, do not make up one. Use technology/books to enlighten yourself first and then simplify it for them.
Balance Academics and Co-Curricular Activities – Don’t over-burden your child with numerous co-curricular activities. Keep the right balance between academics and hobbies. This will help manage their time keep them disciplined.
Partner with Their Teacher – Knowing your child’s progress in school is a must and should be a regular activity. Ask questions that will help your child learn and grow socially and emotionally. Talk about classes that can enhance skills your child is weak in. Work together instead of unnecessarily worrying about such issues.
Focus on Basic Skills – As parents we forget the basic skills, like humility, politeness and respect, when our children are growing. Always keep reinstating these skills as they go a long way.
Your child’s performance is more likely to improve with the help of your intervention, making them realize that success isn’t just about grades.