The role of parents in their kids’ education is integral. It is rightly said that a kid’s education begins at home. One can say that parents are the first teachers of a child and thus play a crucial role in shaping up their personalities.
Good parenting could actually aid the growth and development process of an individual when they have a perfect balance of education at home and that of the school. Studies show that parental encouragement is essential to help students gain success. A parent’s role in education is not restricted to instructing kids to study at home.
The learning trajectory of a child is highly related to how they’re treated at home, what values they’re taught and how their parents bond with them. Here are some ways in which parents can be of help in their child’s education:
1. Become a role model
You must have observed your child mimicking you at times. This is because kids learn almost everything by copying from adults around. If you want your child to be good at something, become a role model for them. They’re easily inspired by what adults do around them.
Whether it’s going to school everyday or being focused while studying at home. If you model the same attributes in the activities you do, they’d certainly be interested to copy you with the slightest push.
2. Keep reading sessions together
Children love to spend time with their parents as it gives them a sense of confidence and support. By reading together with your child, you’ll not only be working on your bond but you’ll also be spurring the stimulus of a lifelong habit.
Besides, reading together would also help your child enhance their vocabulary besides invoking an interest towards learning.
3. Keep an eye on your child’s activity
Although we won’t recommend you to track down your child 24*7, it is always advisable to keep an eye on your child’s activities. This is because children may subconsciously do things that aren’t fruitful enough to spend a lot of time on. How they perform in the studies is closely linked to how they spend the rest of their day at school and at home.
To optimize productivity and prevent them from indulging in anything abnormal, help your child organize their daily routine where they have enough time scheduled for play or fun.
4. Avoid overscheduling
As a parent, you’d always want the best for your child. However, in the process of doing so, many times, parents subconsciously overwhelm their children with a lot to do. This not only decreases net productivity but also causes stress and anxiety that may affect the bond in the long run.
Thus, it is extremely important to let your child breathe and have their own space to do activities that aren’t always about education and learning. Afterall, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!
Thus maintaining a balance between lessons, play time and rest is necessary to lead a quality student life.
5. Provide a nourishing environment
Now, of course, as a parent, you’d want the best for your child. However, parenting, as we all know, isn’t an easy job. It is important to provide a pleasant environment at home to help your child stay at peace.
It is often found that children begin to perform poorly due to constant quarrels and family issues at home. Both the parents should make equal efforts to provide a nourishing environment at home so that a child could focus on academics effectively.
6. Provide constructive criticism
Now, we don’t encourage parents to criticize their children for every wrong step they take. However, giving constructive criticism to children when they are performing poorly can help much.
Providing constructive criticism will not only help them to improve now but will also build a habit of taking feedback in the future that fetches improvement.
Sit with your child and discuss why they do what they do and how you can be of help. If your child feels heard, they’ll surely open up about a lot of things even in the future.
7. Help them with their studies
When we say help them with their studies, we don’t refer to you doing the work for them. Instead, what we suggest is for you to monitor your child while they study or do their assignments. You may step in when they feel stuck.
You may also want to help your child prepare for tests since students are often worried and anxious when exams are about time. Your presence, support and guidance will surely make the process easier for them.
Besides learning at school, the active involvement of parents in the study life of students can help them to grow up with enhanced social skills and better behaviour.