If you are not sure how to support you child through their education, here is a a few quick tips to guide them.
by Troop Atomic Mommy
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Every parent knows how important education is for their children’s well-being. It sets your kids up for success and for their future. A parent’s job doesn’t slow down once their children are in school. Rather, it changes and evolves to suit their child’s needs.
With this in mind, here are some ways that parents can support their children through their education, whether they go to school or are taught at home.
Teach Them at Home
The most obvious way that parents can support their children is to help them with their schoolwork. This doesn’t mean that you should do their work for them, but help them to work through it. If they need a concept explained, then explain it for them.
Children, like everyone else, have strengths and weaknesses. Learn what your child excels at and what they struggle with. This way, you can help them nurture their strengths and shore up their weaknesses, providing them with a well-balanced start.
As well as helping your child with their assigned schoolwork, you can supplement their learning using simulation worksheets or other educational resources. These worksheets can be used by teachers and parents alike to help children to develop their skills.
Make Learning Fun
One of the most common complaints that children have about school is that it’s boring. They’d much rather be doing something else. Sometimes, it’s hard to disagree with their reasoning and if they aren’t motivated to learn, then they will struggle more. But you can explain to your children how important it is to learn and how their education can benefit them.
A simpler way to deal with this issue is to make learning more enjoyable for your children. This is especially true when they’re younger and aren’t thinking about their future or reaching milestones, but are just interested in doing things they enjoy.
Children are, by nature, curious. Most parents know what it’s like when their toddler learns how to ask “why” for the first time. This is helpful when it comes to learning. By making what they learn more practical and relevant to your child, they’ll automatically be more interested in it. Show them how they can use what they learn, so they know that you aren’t teaching them just for the sake of teaching.
If possible, make learning fun. You can turn some lessons into a game, which will make children far more likely to pay attention and try to excel. Toddlers primarily learn through play, and children and adults can do so as well. Many children are also naturally competitive. Math and English don’t need to be dry, boring subjects, but they can be an opportunity to play countdown or scrabble or something else that stretches their skills without boring them.
While you should aim for a well-rounded education, if your child enjoys and excels at a certain subject, then it’s best to encourage them. This natural passion can be a useful tool in their future. The fact is, you don’t need to be excellent at everything to succeed in life. People are more likely to enjoy things that they’re good at, so they will prefer learning about these subjects, which will help them to become even better at them.
Food is fuel, everyone knows that. You are what you eat, which means that what you eat matters. Many people see food in relation to diets and general health, but food is also fuel for the brain. Your children are growing, mentally and physically, which means that it can be argued that what you feed them literally becomes building blocks for their future.
With this in mind, it makes sense that many parents want to ensure that their children have healthy, well-balanced meals that will strengthen them and help them develop. Another thing to consider is that your children need to want to eat this food. Children can have a bad habit of gravitating towards unhealthy food. While treats are fine in moderation, the concern is when all they eat consists of “junk food”.
Every meal should be well balanced, including packed school lunches. Providing lunch for your children allows you to control every meal, so you know that they’re getting the best that you can provide.
Make sure that the food is fun, enjoyable, while also being healthy and beneficial. Get your children into a habit of enjoying healthy snacks, such as fruit or something that you’ve made at home.
Speaking of which, aiming to prepare more meals at home helps to keep you and your family more healthy. When you cook, you know exactly what’s going in the meal and in what quantities. Ready-made or restaurant meals often contain a lot of salt and fat, which is what makes them so tasty. If you can spare the time, then your health will thank you.
Give Them Space
Extra-curricular activities and supplemented learning are fantastic ways to boost your child’s education. However, everyone needs some time to switch off and relax. This includes your children.
If you push your children too far, even if it’s for their own good, they can become prone to burning out. However, by giving them space to relax and replenish their energy, then you help them to maintain their motivation for learning.
Some children may even use their spare time for activities like reading, drawing, and even playing certain games that help them to develop and continue to learn in a relaxed, informal setting. Even electronic devices can be beneficial, as long as parents use the them intelligently. A device shouldn’t be a babysitter, but it can be a way to let your child relax for a while.
Remember that children are developing socially as well as academically and physically. Spending time with other children their age, playing games, or just hanging out, are all necessary parts of their development. We hope you learned a few ways to support your child through their education.