All parents want the best for their child. But what is the best way to help him or her succeed? How can you, as a parent, make sure you’re helping your child thrive at school? We’d like to lay out a few crucial ways parents can support their child and make sure he or she is ready and confident at school this year.
1) Communicate Openly and Often – this may seem obvious, but remembering to encourage and keep an open and judgmental free house is crucial. Children may not always share everything with their parents, but it’s important for them to feel like if they want to share then they can. As we discussed in one of our blogs, family meetings are a very effective way to help the family feel close and encourage open discussion among all members.
2) Have High Expectations – both academically and generally, is very important. It helps guide your child in the right direction. This doesn’t always have to be done explicitly. Most children are very sensitive to what their parents expect, both out of life and out of them. So, showing them that you value education, dedication and achieving goals will directly rub off on your child in many ways. As the article Is your work ethic rooted in the quality of the relationship you had with your parents? highlights: “overall, there was a small but statistically significant correlation between the quality of the participants’ teen relationships with their parents and their current work attitude and work ethic”. From this, we can see that parents’ high expectations in regards to their own work will directly influence their child, and set the drive of the family as a whole.
3) Encourage Exploration – and remember: mistakes will happen. But if you child knows that the risk of failing is worth taking, then your child will begin to value exploring and pushing their boundaries. It’s important to note that your approach to failure will have a powerful impact on your child’s approach to failure, as discussed in the article Parents’ Views of Failure Predict Children’s Fixed and Growth Intelligence Mind-Set. In fact, we believe learning how to deal and grow from failure is so important that we’ve written the blog Leaning from Failure, to help parents and students reassess their approach to making mistakes.
4) Healthy Habits – setting up healthy eating and sleeping habits is another key part of helping your child thrive academically. It’s an obvious one, but something that is mainly taught at home, not at school, and will have long term benefits academically and personally. If you’re looking to refresh your eating habits and want a few ideas, check out our blog on healthy eating tips and on sleep.
5) Set up Healthy Homework Habits – this is also something that parents will greatly influence. Setting up a consistent homework schedule will help your child develop a follow-through, persistence and a goal-oriented approach. Homework is rarely fun, but a very important part of learning how to work through problems independently, even if struggles arise. If you’re looking for a few more tips and ideas about how to help your child set up healthy homework habits, check out our blog A Parent’s Guide: 5 steps to help your child do homework.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s education path and would like to speak to one of our education consultants, don’t hesitate to contact us at 02030867311 or at email@example.com.