Being a parent requires a number of nurturing and supervisory skills. One of the most important of these is guiding your child’s progress in school. Helping your child obtain a successful education opens the door to eventual career success. Here are a few suggestions for parents.
Teach your children the importance of preparing for school each day
Make sure they eat breakfast and pack a healthy lunch to be awake and alert, ready to learn. Ensure they get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep so they won’t be sleepy in class. Have their school clothes ready to wear each day, so they won’t dawdle picking out something to put on and cause everyone to run late.
Emphasize the importance of education
Explain your expectations as a parent about going to school each day, not missing unless the child is truly sick, and completing homework assignments on time. When kids know this is the parents’ expectation, they are more likely to comply, especially if rewards or punishments are matched to the kids’ behavior. While some parents prefer not to give tangible gifts for good grades, most are willing to offer verbal praise and encouragement. Some parents are very strict about discipline. If a child gets a demerit or detention at school, the parent will also issue a consequence at home to emphasize the point that school is to be taken seriously.
Encourage your children to read, write, and handle math problems
These three basic skills go a long way in preparing children for other core subjects they must learn. Kids who are read to by parents, and who are encouraged to read when they are old enough, often get higher grades than kids who do little to no reading. Similarly, children who practice writing paragraphs, poems, or stories often earn higher marks than those who dislike writing tasks. Letting kids help with family math problems, like establishing a grocery budget or preparing a simple recipe, show children the value of math knowledge for everyday life. Science, social studies, and history are more subjects that can be explored within a framework of fun and family.
Talk to kids about eventual careers
If they like using computers but don’t particularly like classroom structure, for example, discuss the possibility of getting a master’s computer science online degree someday.
Making education seem relevant and interesting helps students to be academically successful. Start when they’re young, and they’ll make good progress.