Making sure your children excel in school can seem tough. After all, you don’t want to put too much stress on your kids while they are young and end up becoming known as one of those parents. On the other hand, however, you understandably do want your kids to do their best – perhaps even excel! How can you do this?
Check out the following 7 that will help you to ensure your kids excel In school and see what you can take away.
#1 – Eat One Meal Together Every Day
This might seem strange, but eating one meal together every day (at least one meal, you can eat more of course) can help your children to do better at school. Studies have proven that children who eat at least one meal with their families every day do the following:
- Stay away from smoking and other bad habits
- Become more respectful
- Open up to their parents
- Retain information better
And more! Even if you can only do breakfast and not dinner, commit to eating at least one meal a day with your family!
#2 – Get Them Into The Habit Of Homework
Getting your kids into the habit of homework can be tricky. You need to get them into a good routine so that they know when they are supposed to be doing it. For instance, before or after dinner for an hour. Motivate them by ensuring they avoid things like the TV/iPad before their homework, so they don’t get stuck on them. You can then allow them an hour of TV time, or even take them to the park. Make sure they have a quiet space to do their homework and let them know you’re available if they need help (but don’t do it all for them).
#3 – Encourage Plenty Of Reading
Reading is key to smart children. It’s a great habit to get into, and will not only instill your children with a love of books; it’ll help them to improve speaking, reading, listening, and general communication skills, amongst other things!
You can even turn this into a game of role-playing: Read together by alternating senteces or speak different characters etc. I’ve recently published a whole article about the importance of reading to/with your kids. You can find it right here!
#4 – Look At Programs That Could Be Suited To Them
Take a look at programs that could be suited to your kids, such as the STEAM Program which focuses on computer programming and engineering. These could be special programs run by their school or even outside of the school. Do some research and see what your kids would like to do. They might even select an athletic program.
#5 – Know What Your Child Is Doing At School
Stay involved with what your child is doing at school and liaise with teachers. Just don’t be a helicopter parent! You have to let your child make mistakes every now and again.
#6 – Encourage Children To Do Their Best
Encourage your children to do their best, but don’t pressure them. Be aware that their best might not always be an A. As long as they understand the value of putting in the effort.
#7 – Praise Your Children
Even though you certainly do not want to raise a praise-junkie, it is important to know how to praise and reward your children every now and then.
Healthy rewards can include an hour at the park, going for a meal at their favorite restaurant or even playing a video game together with you. Focus on praise that involves the effort they put into something, and don’t talk about them being “talented” or a “genius” as these things can be detrimental! Try to focus on the deed, not on the doer and encourage them to keep working and do their best.
There you have it. My 7 ways to ensure your kids excel in school. Now it is your part: What are your favorite tips that help your kids to reach their goals and perform well in school? What works for you, what does not? Please let me know in the comments below. I’m looking forward to getting in touch with you!
Finally, please keep in mind: Every kid is different. Furthermore, allow your kid to live its own life. Your kid’s purpose and goals may be different than yours. That’s a hard pill to swallow for many parents. I found this encouraging video here on YouTube. It helped me to accept that fact. Maybe it helps you as well!? Relax, sit back and enjoy the show. And please, PLEASE: Let me know what you think about the message afterwards!
All the best and thanks for reading!
Josh – Contributing Author
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