The role of a parent can be pretty tough at times. As babies they rely on you completely for their every need and as they get older they need you to prepare them for the real world; helping them achieve their full potential, which will hopefully lead to both happiness and financial security in later life.
Getting a good education is a major part of this transition and exposing them to a busy school life means they’ll be learning discipline and social skills, as well as lessons in core subjects such as Math, English and Science.
Every child has the potential to exceed in all areas of the curriculum, as the brain has the capacity to learn and excel at anything it is applied to. However, this all depends on the amount of effort put in by the child and the amount of praise and encouragement they are give by you; their parents.
Therefore I would like to share five foolproof methods with which you can give your child the best chance of getting ahead in 2014:
1. Hire a tutor
Good tutors can significantly raise self-esteem and confidence in children; helping to highlight their strengths as well as identifying and working on their weaknesses. Some of the signs that your child may need some additional support include:
- Struggling with homework
- Concerned feedback from teachers
- Drop in grades
- General concern from your children about their school work
Finding the right tutor can seem daunting, but using a reputable agency who can offer fantastic tutoring in Chicago and beyond will help remove some of the worry.
2. Develop your child’s strengths
Identifying your children’s strengths and weaknesses shouldn’t just be limited to their academic capacity. Strengths can also be described as the activities, relationships and way of absorbing information that energises and makes us feel more alive.
Strengths are developed at a very early age and you should be helping them cultivate their imagination using creative play, looking for activities that cause your child to express joy and happiness and look for the little quirks that make your child unique.
3. Teach the importance of good organization
Very few children seem to be naturally organized and most enjoy flitting quickly from one thing to the next; leaving uniform at school, wet towels on the floor and failing to finish something they’ve started.
Good organization is an excellent skill that can be learned over time and you’re the perfect person to teach them, even if you don’t feel all that organized yourself – you can learn together!
Teach them to:
- Get organixed by gathering everything they’ll need to complete a project before they start
- Stay focused and finish whatever they start
- Complete it to a good standard by double checking what they’ve done, adding finishing touches and tidying up after themselves
4. Support the teacher
Research has shown that good links between a child’s teacher and parent can improve their enjoyment and chances of doing well.
Support your child and their teacher by reading and responding to all report cards, attending all parent/teacher consultation meetings and speaking regularly to the class teacher about any concerns you might have.
5. Praise their efforts
Get into the habit of saying things like: â€˜I noticed you worked really hard on that project, well done’ or â€˜you’re doing really well at the moment, keep up the hard work’ and try to avoid telling a child how clever they are.
Children whose parents congratulate them on their effort rather than their ability are more open to taking on challenges, better at problem solving and have better self-belief.
This is a guest post by Debbie Fletcher. Debbie is an enthusiastic, experienced writer who has written for a range of difference magazines and news publications. Follow her here: @Debbie_Fletch18. Image via Google.