As adults, we sometimes define our career or profession as the standard measurement of our wellbeing. Our workplace is our battleground. It is where we shine and compete with other adults to showcase talent, skills and everything else. On the other hand, for kids, it is the school. It is where they learn to grow mentally, physically and emotionally. This human institution is also the place where a child begins to understand their values, the principles that set up a child for their future participation in life and society.
As parents, we always want to encourage our child to do well at school, not because we want them to earn awards, medals, citations or whatnot (okay…maybe we do want that a little), but because we know the importance of starting to develop good habits, and gaining knowledge, early in life. Attending school has the potential to unlock the inner essence of a person. It makes them more knowledgeable and intelligent, but it also fosters a space where children can develop with socialization. To keep your kids encouraged and do good well in school, here are some ways for you to give them a helping hand.
Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences
Nothing will demonstrate your commitment to your child’s academic career than attending parent-teacher conferences. Apart from showing your kids how involved, you are in their endeavors, and how much willing you are to give time to their school affair, attending a parent-teacher conference also keeps you well-informed about the programs and plans of the school. It will encourage you to contribute to whatever the school wants to achieve; a school program only gets better when it is supported by the parents. In addition, parents attending a school function or event gives your child a sense of security, that you care for them, and don’t see their school needs as a nuisance.
Keep Them School Ready
A good habit starts at home, and you as a parent should be liable on how ready your kids are for schooling. By that, I mean serving them with nutritious breakfast and teach them that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It sets their mood and energy for the rest of the day. Kids with full stomachs, who are well-fed and energized, generally do better in school. Not only that, it keeps sick days at bay, giving them a good standing in attendance. It is also important to implement strict sleeping habits for the kids. Teach them the importance of sleep, and schedule their bedtime at appropriate hours. Know when and how to limit entertainment and media.
Help Them Build Their Positive Self-Image
As a student, your child is in his or her formative years. It is during this time where he or she creates principles in life, and they begin to form perceptions about themselves. Obviously, school is not all fluff and fun. There are bad guys here too; either a terror teacher or a classmate bully. These characters can play a role in your child’s personality, and it is your role as a parent to be the guiding light on what he or she really needs to hear.
Your voice and guidance should shine above all else to keep negativity at bay, and to bolster your child’s confidence. This will help them build his or her own positive self-image. Never shy away from giving them affirmative words, give him or her gifts that they’ll appreciate, and most importantly, give them your full attention when they want to share their fears and ideas.
Encourage Them To Gain all the Knowledge They Can
Encourage your kids to explore interests at school, work responsibly and independently, and read. You can do this by displaying these traits in your own daily habits. As parents, you are the best role model your child can have, and showing how things should be done can spark genuine interest in them. Show them that being book smart is important, but being streetwise can be just as imperative. Display how you do your work, and take responsibility for the quality of the work you do. Teach them the value of reading by sharing your favorite authors and titles with them.