We all want our children to do as well in school as they can, and we want them to reach their full potential, both in their everyday learning and when it comes to taking exams. As a parent, you have a big responsibility in helping them reach their potential. Here are a number of steps that you can take to ensure they don't fall behind in their schoolwork and that they get the best grades they are capable of.
Ensure They Know the Value of Hard Work
Many kids think of studying as boring schoolwork, but they are likely to work harder when they truly understand how important their education is. Try to teach them outside the box by going to museums and showing them great things that have been achieved as a result of hard work, or watching movies about inspirational people who achieved their goals.
For example, you could talk to them about someone like Steve Jobs and what he achieved, and you could even watch a video of his famous commencement speech at Stanford University to help them connect hard work with incredible achievements to inspire them.
Talk to them about their future plans, what they want to be, and explain that they need to work hard to get there. Don't put pressure on them, and don't scare them, but make sure you instil in them a solid connection between hard work now and a better life after school has ended.
Help Them to Be in the Mood for Study
There are many ways to help your chilsd to study more effectively, and one of them is to ensure they are living a healthy lifestyle. If your child is eating junk food, going to bed late, and always tired in school, they are not going to reach their full potential.
Help them with the basics. Make sure they are eating a good diet, that they are not watching too much TV or spending too much time on their tablets, and that they are going to bed at a reasonable hour. It's all basic stuff, but it's going to help them with their school work in general, and with their exams in particular.
Also, make sure they have everything they need. This means providing them with a quiet place to study and all the right equipment. Be considerate and don't make a lot of noise when they are studying.
Help Them at Exam Time
Your child's grades are especially important. No one likes taking tests, but think of these as your child's opportunity to show off just how much they know.
Also, make sure you are there for them and that they can come to you and ask you anything, and be there for them emotionally as well.
Help Your Children to Help Themselves
Many children are not capable of managing their study time effectively. The world is full of distractions, and you will have to help them. Be kind but fair. Let them watch their favorite TV show, but only after they have done their homework. Let them go out with their friends at the weekend, as long as they have put in their study time. Get them into a routine that they can stick to, and help them to reach their potential.
Daniel Field is a stay at home Dad who enjoys putting his mind to work via blogging when he's not chasing around after the kids! Since his life does revolve around the kids so much it's natural that his articles should go the same way. He encourages more Dads to have a go at writing and get their voice heard amongst the crowd of Mommy bloggers!