It can be difficult for busy parents to keep on top of their child’s education. You tell them to study after school and they trod past you to watch the TV or play a video game in their room. Preschoolers are more manageable. They come running inside once the school bus drops them off, opens their bags and shows you their assignment scores or the stars on their arms. Grade-school age children will ask for your help on their assignments and you’ll be able to supervise their performance better. However, the moment they reach high school, you are but a stranger to their education. It’s seldom that a child will ask for some geometry help or some assistance to complete their project. Nonetheless, here are some ways you can keep track of your child’s education and ensure they are doing their best:
Get to know school personnel
At any stage of your children’s education, it is beneficial to get to know the people teaching your children. Ask among your friends whose children already were their students. Get to know the school officers. Google them or ask around the community for relevant news, if you are new in the community. Attend Parent-Teacher conferences so you’ll be well-informed of the happenings in the school. These people will be the first persons to ask about your children’s performance in school, whether they are being bullied, or having problems during class discussions.
When they get home in the afternoon, or during dinner, ask your child how school went. The dismissive answer to this is usually “fine” or “good.” Some people find that if you change the question a little bit, the children will be more candid with their answers. Some question suggestions include: “Who peed their pants at class today?” or “who did you share your lunch with today?” However, these questions might be more effective with grade school children, as compared to older ones.
Limit TV and gadget sessions
More and more children are spending their free time playing with game consoles, their phones and tablets, or their computers. Some spend hours on end watching the television. It can be difficult to determine their school performance or education when you don’t see them studying. Limit these distractions to a few hours a day and on weekends only so they’ll have ample time to study. The younger years are also the most important when establishing a study pattern or study habit.
Give him rewards for his efforts when studying. It is important to distinguish rewards and bribe. Reward is given after the child does his homework or finishes a project, whereas a bribe is given to motivate the child to do it. It is also important to know when to give a reward. Don’t give a reward just because the child got perfect scores. Make them realize that the reward is for the effort made and not for the result. The great result is just the cherry on top. Thus, even if your child’s results are imperfect, if they made their best effort and really persevered, then they deserve a reward.