Every parent wants to partner with their child’s school to encourage her/his growth and development. Motivation is the secret to help children develop their greatest potential and parents will do well to learn it. The following easy ways to help your child succeed in school are a great place to start:
1. Set the Right Expectations
Positive parents foster positive children. Expect your child to succeed and s/he will succeed. Kids are sensitive about how grownups view them. At the same time, you must know your child’s strength and weakness so as to set the right expectations. Never make negative statements around the children as these only discourage.
2. Communicate Clearly With Your Child
Communication is very important to understand the child’s strengths, interests and passions. Ask her/him where their interests lie and then offer your opinions. Help your child see his/her strengths and explain to them that these should be their focus. Also highlight the areas that need improvement and state that you expect her/him to make top effort in those too.
3. Re-evaluate From Time to Time
Re-evaluate your child’s abilities, interests and strengths from time to time since children change as they grow. Communicate frequently and make adjustments. This is the easiest way to help your child succeed in middle school and high school.
4. Help Your Child Set Goals
Just like adults need goals and purpose in life, children need goals too. Goals help them get better at organizing and also establish ideas into reality. For a child to set meaningful goals, make her/him write them down in a journal. Written goals are timely reminders to help the child stay organized. It is also important to set specific goals. Instead of just saying “You should do better in Math next semester”, you could say “Instead of 60% you should try to achieve 80%”. Specific goals let the child know what exactly is expected of her/him. Also, to help the child accomplish those goals, give him tools and ideas like “meet your teacher today after class and get the difficult questions solved”. Talk to your child’s teachers to measure the goals as well. If he/she is getting better marks in weekly assessments, then you know your child is working on the said goals.
5. Get Your Child to Take School Seriously
You can easily partner with the school for the growth and development of your kids. Talk to your child’s teacher from time to time and take out time to help the school in its activities. Support various programs organized by the school such as educational fairs, sports days etc. Keep up with the child’s assignments and stay positive about them. Encourage kids further by promising a recreational activity once they have done their school work.
6. Create a Nurturing Environment for the Child
Establish a routine and create a happy and nurturing environment for your child. Avoid fights, disputes and other negative aspects that could upset the child and keep him/her from succeeding in school. Make sure your child eats healthy and sleeps on time. Set up a schedule that allows the child to do his/her homework assignments on time and also leaves time for adequate physical activity. If possible, take the children on annual family vacations which foster bonding and strengthen relationships.
7. Give Your Child the Freedom to Choose His/her Learning Style
Every child learns differently and uses techniques that are most comfortable to them. For example, some kids can grasp the subject matter in school itself and need to do little at home. On the other hand, others might need revising the same matter several times over at home in order to understand concepts well. As a parent, your job is to help the child understand and use the learning style that feels most comfortable. You can also encourage the use of rhymes, mind-maps and acronyms and offer education tools and resources like videos to help the child understand and memorize things easily.
8. Speak the Language of Encouragement
Use positive words like ‘great’, ‘good’, ‘awesome’. Let your child know that you are proud of him/her for doing well in class assignments or extracurricular activities. Notice the efforts your child has put in and give encouragement regardless of the performance.
9. Expand Your Child’s Learning
If you child reads a classic find out if the same is available on video. Visit museums and take some time to read about stuff the child may be are learning in school. This way, you can discuss the concept further with her/him. Go on the Internet and find out stuff related to subjects your children are studying.
10. Encourage the Child To Be Resilient
Believe in your child’s ability to solve problems and view mistakes as stepping stones to success. Empathize with your child and support his/her interests and talents.
By using these easy ways to motivate your child, you can help them use their strengths and abilities which they can use in the future.