Rosie – the first pictures I took when I started my blog back in 2007
As a parent, your job is to raise your children to become successful and happy adults. A huge part of raising your children will involve helping them to succeed in school but how do you do that when you’re not at school with them?
Here are five top tips that might be able to assist you in tackling such a job.
Support them Academically
The one thing that you can do that will help your child succeed in school is to support them at home. You need to ensure that they are completing their homework and are studying for any tests.
The question of whether parents should help their children with their homework has been raised recently, and while this still is an ongoing debate, you should do what you feel is right for your child. Helping your child to complete their homework is better than them not doing it at all; remember there is no point in your child struggling. Helping and supporting them with their work will show them that they don’t have to struggle alone and that it is ok to ask for help.
Darryl a child model at the age of 6
Having a positive attitude is a must because how you’re feeling not only affects you but those around you including your children so if you’re not feeling positive, then that will reflect in your own child’s attitude, too.
If your child is frustrated because they are struggling with their school work, you should remain optimistic and motivated to get it done. This, in turn, will encourage your child to feel the same way. You need to inspire your child and remind them that even when they fail, it is not to be discouraged, but instead, there is something to learn from it. Eventually, your children will believe that they can do it and will not only develop and succeed in school but in life.
Happy and Rosie in London
Encourage them to Do Things They Love
Encouraging your child to take part in activities at school that they enjoy can often lead to positive outcomes later on in life, for example, introducing them to a sport at a young age could lead them to eventually being considering for ASM Scholarships by prospective colleges.
By encouraging them to develop their skills, as well as the love of the sport, you will find that they will want to succeed. Getting a scholarship would take away any stress of debt for you and your child, but it is important to remember that you shouldn’t ever push them to do something if they don’t 100% love it. Your job as a parent is to encourage every choice they make, and if they decide they just don’t love basketball enough to want to play it anymore but would rather take up swimming, support their decision.
Daz and Rosie in Tokyo
Reading is important
One of the most vital skills a child can gain is the ability to read, so ensuring that you make time to listen to them read is a must. There are many skills that a child gains from reading such as expanding their vocabulary, enhancing their imagination and improving their writing skills. It will also help them to make sense of the world around them and therefore will play a part in many more life skills as well as it will help them succeed in school. I taught my son Darryl and my daughter Rosie to read before the even started school as I wanted them to have that headstart and be able to understand the lessons, rather than wasting time learning to read.
Rosie and I making Mothers Day cards
Listen to Your Child
No matter what age your child is you should ask them how their day was at school. By listening and showing an interest in their studies, you are making it clear to them that you are supporting and encouraging them to succeed. Communicating with your child will strengthen the bond between the two of you and will build on their social skills and self-esteem. All of which will play a part in them succeeding at school in the coming years.