Learning can be a difficult process at any age, but especially for children. School can complicate the process, introducing other important aspects such as social interactions, extracurricular activities, and standardized tests. Therefore, it is imperative that parents understand how best to motivate their children to do well in school.
Here are four tips to help your children succeed in school:
Ignite Their Passion for Learning
Are your children interested in sports or arts? How about chess or video games? Whatever hobby or interest your child has, you as a parent should try to nurture their passions. These hobbies can turn into skills and careers in the future.
According to some leading educational publications, you should encourage children to express their opinion about their likes and dislikes. This can help them make choices for themselves and pursue their passions. If your children are unsure about what kind of hobby interests them, talk with them and guide them towards any necessary resources so they can start to love learning.
- Encourage with Goals
Parents can aid in their children’s success by incentivizing goals in a healthy way. If your children are not naturally driven to get an A or study more often, find some healthy rewards for them to facilitate these behaviors.
For example, if you limit your children’s screen time, assign a target grade or award for them to be able to use the Internet and watch as much TV as they want for the weekend. Positive reinforcement is a great way for children to understand that good work will lead to corresponding rewards.
Reduce Children’s Stress at School and at Home
Between taking standardized tests and learning the immense amount of expected knowledge for those tests, children have become more stressed than ever before. Children should get the right amount of rest every night and exercise in order to relieve their minds after a long day of schoolwork. Make sure your children’s access to electronics is limited towards their bedtime, so they will be able to sleep easier.
It’s also a good idea to talk with your children to see how they are dealing with their peers. If you suspect they are being bullied, be sure to speak with their teachers and/or school administration. Last, you should develop play times where your children do not need to work on schoolwork.
Take a Real Interest
One final tip for parents who are seeking to motivate their children though school is to engage in their activities both at school and at home. If you or your children enjoy swimming or gardening, join or invite your children into those activities. When your children have sporting events or dance recitals, attend those events. Your involvement with your children’s lives will make the difference in how much they get involved in school.
Jeffrey Brauer is a Southern California-based blogger who has been writing about business, marketing, and higher education for nearly 10 years. He also serves as a marketing consultant for small businesses, such as Indiana-based retailer Trophy Outlet.