WAYS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL
Constant guidance and encouragement are the tools to unlock the untapped inner potential in a child. As a parent, your words and actions have enough power to lift students up or break them down. You have the power to motivate them to succeed. Kind words of encouragement can save students from giving up on themselves.
There is no fixed formula for encouraging students to succeed because every child is unique and will respond differently to encouragement. However, there are some ways which you can try.
It is important to be actively involved and well-informed in a child’s academic life. Taking regular follow up by attending Parent-Teacher Meetings is a must for all parents who want to push their child to be his or her best. A curious parent will pay regular visits to the school website for the calendar, latest updates on events happening in the school, important announcements and knowing the disciplinary policies of the school.
A parent who prioritizes a child’s homework will nurture a disciplined and responsible adult. By keeping a check on the submission dates of various assignments being given at school for extended classroom learning, you build work ethics in children which will help them beyond the classroom. Time Management is a skill that comes only with practice, and it is your foremost responsibility to teach this at home through demonstration. If you prioritize your time with your children, it will encourage them to manage and prioritize what is important for them. When parents take attendance seriously, they encourage children to be regular at school.
Make sure that children have had a good night’s sleep and nutritious breakfast before they come to school. Breakfast sets the energy for the day, encouraging them to give their best and be at their best. Clean clothes, polished shoes and a bag packed the night before leave the children prepared and confident to face the day ahead. Whereas, Lack of sleep and no breakfast can cause irritability, reduced attention span and hyperactive behaviour. All these factors will discourage the child from performing in the classroom.
Along with Time Management skills, parents should also focus on teaching organizational skills to children by giving them minor jobs at home. From rearranging their cupboard to managing their study corners and study schedules, these tasks encourage students to plan instead of hunting things down and getting side-tracked. Encourage them to make their timetables for self-study, play, entertainment, etc and help them stay committed to it.
While you use any of the ways to encourage children, communication is key. It is important to talk to children about what is happening in school. Your involvement is their biggest encouragement. Be curious about what is happening in their lives not only on the academic front but also on the personal and emotional front. Be their buddy and watch your extrinsic motivation make them self-motivated to achieve the best.