As a parent, you are not only the primary nurturer of your children, but you are also their advocate and biggest supporter. I learned this early with my stepson, especially when I had to step in and push for change around his learning disabilities. What I discovered is what I knew from my own parents—that when you are involved and support your child’s education, AND you help that child engage in his/her own progress, it makes a huge difference.
Supporting your child’s education plays a crucial role in shaping their future.
A good education can open up many opportunities and lead to confidence, connection, and, of course, a brighter future in an ever-changing world. And perhaps more importantly, a good education builds skills that are necessary for life: critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills.
So, where do you start? Here are some tips:
1. Foster A Love For Learning
In a 2019 poll, 81% of parents agreed that being involved in their child’s education is essential for making stronger parent-child connections, cultivating engaged learners, and building the confidence and self-efficacy of that child.
In my opinion, this starts by fostering a love for learning.
When children are excited about learning and having fun, they’re more engaged. And this can happen in so many ways! You can play engaging educational games with your child, provide exciting materials (books, puzzles, and games that align with their interests), or even bring them into the conversation about topics, curriculum, or programs.
Another tip is to make learning a part of everyday life by incorporating it into daily activities, such as cooking and shopping. Ask your children to ask questions and explore their curiosity (and ask them questions as you move through your days, too). You can also provide them with opportunities to learn through hands-on experiences and projects, everything from a trip to the zoo to a DIY learning create.
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If your child dislikes learning, it could be that they have not yet found something that interests them or that they are passionate about. Another reason could be that they have had negative experiences with learning in the past, such as feeling discouraged or unsupported. If your kids struggle with studies and feel their efforts are undervalued, they may develop a negative attitude towards it. As a parent or guardian, it is important to get to the root while you decide to provide unwavering, loving support.
2. Create A Positive Study Environment
A positive study environment will help to build your child’s confidence and increase his/her motivation to learn. Establish a dedicated study space that is quiet, comfortable, and free of distractions. Set clear study rules and expectations and ensure they have the necessary materials and resources available for success.
As a parent, you’ll have to be the one to look around to see what things are likely distractions in a study environment (cell phones, television, games, or even objects that can be used to fidget or play with). But, don’t focus too much on perfection while you’re creating the space. Make sure to encourage your child, compliment their effort, and show enthusiasm and positivity as they work.
There are so many resources out there to help you learn to support your children in homework help, too. One example is Dr Ivan Khan who has many relevant tutorials aimed at helping students succeed academically. It may be work checking out!
The more proactive you become in your child’s studies, the more academically (and emotionally!) confident they’ll be!
3. Get Involved In Their School Activities
By being actively involved in your child’s education, you can get a better sense of what they’re learning and their interests and strengths. Additionally, participating in school activities can help your children feel more connected to the school community (and you, too!). This can foster a positive attitude towards learning and increase their engagement in school.
Children with involved parents are likelier to have better academic achievement, increased self-esteem, and positive social interactions with their peers. Many children are proud to see their parents‘ invaluable contributions to the school. And it’s important to note that this isn’t necessarily about money, either. It’s more about showing up and being present at things like parent-teacher conferences, school games, and so on.
In the meantime, communicate regularly with their school teachers to stay updated on your child’s progress.
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