As a responsible parent, one of your primary responsibilities will be ensuring that your kids succeed in school. And while you can’t be there with them always looking over their shoulder, you can make sure that the home life that you create for them naturally fits in with their studies. Studies have shown that the performance of kids at school is largely linked to parents – perhaps even more so than natural brain power or teacher ability. If you are looking to give your kids’ school performances a boost, here are some of the top ways in which you can do this.
Inspire Rather Than Pestering
Kids mimic the behaviour of their parents – particularly when they are young. So if you are personally practicing what you preach in educational matters, your kids are much more likely to follow you in this. For example, this could involve reading books to your kids, watching educational programs, and taking part in active pursuits away from the TV and internet. Of course, from time to time getting your kids to do their homework can be a challenge, but if you are setting out the right habits to start off with, you will be naturally in a better position in the future.
Get into a Sleep Routine
The link between a lack of sleep and behavioural problems in kids is one which has been well-established. Younger kids need a lot of sleep at night while their brains are developing, and it is especially important that you set a bedtime accordingly. If you find that you are struggling in this department, here are some useful bedtime tips to give you a helping hand. Essentially, everything comes back to a sense of consistency. It is much easier to get your kids to go to sleep when they know that their is a clear routine which they have to follow.
There is certainly a balance to be struck between your kids taking part in too many extra-curricular activities so that they no longer have the time to concentrate on their schoolwork. But providing a sense of variety and the opportunity to develop new skills can actually turn out to be a positive thing, and should also have a good knock-on effect on your kids’ studies. It is worth exposing your kids to a wide range of activities until they discover the ones which they are most passionate about. While you should encourage them to persevere where possible, this doesn’t mean that you should force them.
Defend Family Time
There is no doubt that technology has placed family time under threat. No longer are there battles for the remote when everyone can watch whatever they would like in their own rooms. These tech trends mean that you have to work even harder to defend family time. As well as making sure that your family bonds are strong, you are also teaching them valuable communication skills, as well as the ability to express their opinions and carry a debate. Eating together without the TV being on provides you with the best opportunity for the family connection time that you crave.
Act Quickly If Things Get Tough
Problems at school can happen even to the best of students, and you need to be prepared to deal with these as soon as you learn about them. Regular communication with your kids is the best way to find out about any problems which may have arisen. Still, your kids may be reluctant to tell you that anything is going wrong. In these situations, it is more about observing any obvious behavioral changes. If there is something going wrong at school, your best course of action is to work in conjunction with teachers and other support staff to find a solution to the problem.
Help with Homework (Without Doing it For Them)Photo Credit
Simply answering every single problem for your kids on their homework is not going to help the do their own independent learning. Instead, you should be looking to guide them on the right path without doing everything for them. For maths-based homework which requires specific formulas, you can work through a few problems with them to ensure that they have got the hang of it before leaving them to take care of the rest themselves. For essay-based tasks, you can help to steer them on the right course and read through afterwards to suggest any improvements that you can think of.