Recent studies have strongly suggested that children receive much better grades when their parents take an interest in their education. When a parent shows interest in their child’s education, the child is much more likely to not only be interested in what he or she is learning, but to work harder towards a good grade. Here are some things you can do to encourage your child:
Ask them about their school subjects. If they are taking a history class, ask several questions to get a full understanding of what they are learning. Ask them about their favorite subject, which they may talk about more easily. Showing interest in what they are learning will show them not only that you are interested in them and want them to suceed, but may also renew their own interest in these subjects.
Help them with their homework. While you certainly do not want to do their work for them, sit with them and try to help them through it as a tutor would when dealing with a difficult subject. You can also help them with class projects by hearing their ideas, helping them get the supplies they need, and encouraging them to finish strong.
Encourage their interests. Once you have been asking about what they are learning, you may get an idea what they are interested in. If you have a daughter than loves to write poetry, get her a book on writing poems, or a rhyming dictionary, or even a book of poetry. This will show your children that you are listening to what they have to say and you believe in them.
A parent does not need to be extremely intelligent to encourage their child, but must only show an interest in what their child is learning. Parents who simply try to discover what their child’s interests are and work to give them opportunities to flourish in these areas are more likely to raise a successful and confident child. Parents must not minimize the impact they have on their children, and should make the best effort to allow their child to flourish.