Succeeding in school, in general, may sound like a rather broad term but it’s definitely possible as long as your kids have parents to back them up. While you may not be there with them throughout every single lesson, you can still do a lot to ensure that they get the kind of support they need when they’re done with the day and back home.
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When you find topics to be easy as a young child, it’s going to be so much easier to succeed later in life too. Not just because it gives them a slight confidence-boost, though, but also because they’ll already have a solid understanding of the basics since they studied properly during elementary school.
If you want to give your kids a successful start at their years in school, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Here is a handful of tips to give your children the kind of success they need to grow and prosper into knowledgeable little people.
First: Create a routine and stick to it
First of all, it’s important to remember that children love routines. That’s why their lessons at school are so structured, after all, and it helps them when they have a schedule to depend on and certain times of the day when they know they’re going to be busy with something.
Try to keep their homework schedule the same every day, such as right after they’ve had a snack when they come home from school. This is a great opportunity for you to sit down with them, help them out with some tricky questions, and get a proper understanding of what they’re being taught in their classes as well.
As your children grow, you might also find that some of the questions are becoming surprisingly difficult for you to master. This is a funny realisation that most parents have when their children enter their teenage years, and it’s kind of like taking a college class in something basic when you already have a Master’s degree in the topic.
This is where you need to keep in mind that it’s alright not to know something. Be honest with your kid and tell them that you can figure it out together; that way, you might trigger a little researcher in them as well.
You can have a look at this article for some great tips on how you can create the kind of homework routine that your kids will enjoy. Keep in mind that they might need some extra tutoring on certain topics, though, and make sure that they get it when they really need it as it might otherwise put them back a bit.
Next: Talk to their teachers
While you really don’t want to be the kind of parent who questions everything that their teachers go through in class and think you know better than them, it’s a good idea to show up for those parent-teacher conferences to be up to date on what’s going on.
Your teacher will know how your child is doing in school, after all, as well as in which areas there is room for improvement. If you don’t get just a bit engaged in their life at school, you can’t really expect them to be excited about it either; show up, ask some questions, and get to know the other parents as well as their teachers.
They put in a lot of hours for your kid to succeed in life, after all, and you might want to check out this article on reasons to donate to a teacher as well. It won’t make any direct difference to your child but you could, indirectly, make their education a bit better.
You might be able to learn a bit more about what they’re going to be taught next and it will even give you a chance to prepare yourself a bit. Those of you that love history, for example, will probably be excited about an upcoming class about WWII - and those who enjoy science will most likely want to be up to date on when their kids will learn certain topics.
It’s the kind of stuff that lets your kid know that school is, in fact, important enough for their parents to get involved in and they should definitely take it seriously. Plus, they’ll get to have you by their side when they’re going through different topics that interest you particularly which again, of course, could trigger their interest a bit more as well.
Try not to boost your kid’s ego too much
This one might sound a bit odd as we’re often taught that we should tell our children that they can be anything they like. While this is great and all that, it’s slightly different when your kid seems to be gifted and particularly smarter than other kids in their class.
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In this case, most parents will continue to tell their kid how special they are and that they are way beyond their years but it could, in fact, end up hurting them later in life. So many young adults who were considered ‘gifted’ as children report back that they simply never tried to make an effort at school and college.
Everything came so easily to them, after all, and what’s the point of even trying to study a bit when you know you’re going to do great, in any way? Other young adults who were considered ‘gifted’ as children, on the other hand, realised later in life that they are, in fact, not that smart. It was a hard reality check for most of them and did not bring them any further success either.
Instead of praising your kid for being smart or clever, try to praise them for the hard work they’ve put in when acing a test. That way, they learn that the work they do will get praise rather than their results - and they’ll learn to keep working hard even if those results are lacking.
While raising children is hard, it becomes a bit easier to give them the kind of knowledge they need in order to succeed when you get involved in their education. Step up a bit, stick to the homework schedule you’ve created, and join in on those outings from time to time as well.
It will make a huge difference to your kid and you get to enjoy their childhood years even more.