Are you wanting to be the best parent you can be and encourage education not only at school, but also in the home? These six simple steps can all be achieved from home, and will translate to your child’s success in the classroom.
Monitor TV watching, video games, and internet use. It is extremely hard to monitor overall use of electronics in today’s modern world, but do your best to limit use of phones, tablets, computers, and television at home. Especially for young school-aged children, do not always turn to handing him or her a tablet because it’s the easy thing to do. Try to fill your child’s time with meaningful activities, like reading, playing outside, arts and crafts, and engaging in sports or other after school activities.
Develop a relationship with your child’s teachers. Talking to your child’s teachers and other staff members at the school is a great way to stay in touch with what is needed at home. Teachers are a great resource; they spend nearly as much time with your child as you do as a parent. So chat with the teacher before the school year even starts to establish a solid relationship, and be communicative throughout the year to really get a feel for how your child’s education is going.
Allot homework time after the school day. First of all, be sure that your child is completing the assigned homework assignments every night, and don’t wait until breakfast the next morning to finish or check assignments. This demonstrates a lackadaisical attitude on both your part and your child’s part, so really encourage homework time right after school. Homework is assigned for a reason, and it’s a great way to know if your child is staying on track and progressing throughout the school year.
Demonstrate a positive attitude about learning. In order for your child to value education, you need to show that you value education as a parent, even if you yourself are not in school or taking classes. This positivity towards education could be as simple as volunteering at school or seeing what after-school programs are offered. When you’re seen volunteering and helping out in the classroom or cafeteria, your child will see that you value what’s going on in school, and that will help to shape his or her attitude about learning in general.
Talk one-on-one. Even if you have a young child, try to engage in meaningful conversations. Rather than just asking how the day went, ask specific questions to really get him or her talking. That way one-word answers can be avoided, especially for those non-chatty teenagers. Having these conversations will not only help your child verbalize feelings and emotions, but also help to develop solid listening skills. And the best part…you’ll get to learn more and more about who your little one is becoming.
Encourage responsibility and independence. By encouraging your child to be responsible and work independently, you’re actually developing skills that will translate to success in the school system. By encouraging him or her to be responsible for homework assignments and work on them alone (unless help is needed of course), you’re teaching some pretty valuable skills.