We all want the very best for our children and will often go to extreme measures to ensure they’re happy and achieving well. Long gone are the days of letting children play outside from morning to night unsupervised – today’s kids are ferried from one club to another in an effort to keep them one step ahead of the pack.
And when it comes to school work things get even more complicated. Helping your child keep up with their peers can be difficult and time consuming, particularly in subjects you found challenging yourself. This is why so many parents employ outside help, such as an algebra tutor, to assist their kids after the school day has ended.
The role of any parent is to equip our children to be happy, healthy individuals and the very best person that they can be – but how do we do that without becoming overbearing and regressing into â€˜helicopter’ parenting?
Here are a few tips to help your child get ahead this year:
Employ a tutor
Parents may employ a tutor for a variety of reasons; maybe to assist their child with school work or to help them improve for an impending test or exam. Some parents choose to home educate and employ a tutor to support their learning.
When a tutor appropriate to your child’s needs is employed, your child’s grades will undoubtedly improve, as will their self confidence and willingness to learn and engage with a subject they were previously struggling with.
Identify their strengths and weaknesses
Each and every child is unique and will have their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Nurturing and developing these strengths, whilst trying to improve the weaknesses, is the key to raising well rounded, successful children.
There are a number of ways to help identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses, one of which is identifying how they behave in a learning environment – everyone has a different learning style and knowing how your child learns best will enable you to tailor any help you give them to their particular style.
Teach them to be mindful
In today’s fast paced digital world, it is very easy for our brains to become over stimulated to the point of stress. Continuously racing from one thing to another, all the while with an electronic device in our hands, creates a backdrop of inner tension and fatigue.
Mindfulness is a practice akin to meditation that teaches us how to stay grounded and appreciate the key things in life. It teaches us to enjoy the present time and better deal with the more challenging ones.
Teaching your child to become mindful involves demonstrating how to verbalise their feelings and emotions, set realistic expectations and just enjoy being young.
Mistakes are good
Everyone makes mistakes, and children are no different. The important thing about mistakes is that we learn from them and understand how to do it better next time. Yet today’s children grow up in a society that’s obsessed with getting things right first time.
Research has shown that whether it involves homework, developing friendships or playing for the school hockey team their learning is enhanced when things don’t go quite to plan. It challenges them to think about the problem in a different way and try a new approach.
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