Most people believe that education is a key to future success. Therefore many parents spend a great deal of time planning and saving so that their children could reach their educational goals. Research has shown that children are more likely to succeed in school if their parents also play an active role in their education. When a parent holds high aspirations, hopes and dreams for their children, they usually do better at school. If you show your children that you believe in their potential and tell them that you know they can succeed, it can help your children build confidence, set higher expectations for themselves, leading them to achieve better results at school. Here are seven ways in which you could help your child to become more successful in school.
1/ Share your ideas about the importance of education
Explain to your child that what he or she is learning today might be useful in the future. Begin to talk about education goals, such as completing a certificate or degree course. Talk about different careers and people that you find interesting; and about people you have met who seem to enjoy their jobs. Let your child know that there are many educational options that can be explored.
2/ Be careful not to pass on your own negative experiences
Avoid recalling negative experiences which you might have had at school. Instead of telling your child that school was too difficult or that the teachers were too harsh and unfair talk to them about your favourite teachers and your best subjects. This will motivate and encourage them; and help them to enjoy being in school.
3/ Talk to your child about their day, each and everyday
From nursery to high school it is important to spend time talking to your child about his or her day. Instead of asking a question like, “How was school today?” to which you would normally get a one word answer like “good”, ask open-ended questions like, “What did you enjoy most about your day at school?” And don’t only talk to them about subjects, extra activities and friends; also discuss age appropriate television shows, movies and current events. As your child becomes older it will become increasingly crucial to keep that line of trust and communication open between the both of you.
4/ Help your child set short term and long term educational goals
Begin with, letting your child know that it is important that he or she does well in school. Ensure that your child knows that you believe in his or her potential and abilities. Encourage your child to set goals and aim to achieve them. For example, perhaps a short term goal to finish a written assignment or project before the required deadline; and possibly a long term goal aiming to go to a technical or a culinary school or even to university.
5/ Help your child get organised to do homework and set some rules
Create a special place for doing homework. Make sure that it is away from any distractions like television or game consoles. Keep this area tidy and well stocked with stationery. Assign a specific time for doing homework and stick to it. Be sure to know what homework your child has been assigned and look at it when he or she is finished. More importantly, remember to encourage your child discuss his/her assignment or project with you so that you can contribute with any help or information that you can.
6/ Help your child enjoy learning
Children develop their attitudes and beliefs in their abilities from their parents. If your child has a positive attitude to learning, he or she is more likely to complete high school and go onto further study. Encourage your child to learn from his or her mistakes and to keep trying even if he or she finds something difficult. And remember to praise your child for his or her effort and progress. Your job as a parent is not necessarily to teach your child everything you know, but rather to encourage him or her to discover things independently. If you instil in your child the mindset that learning is fun, he or she will grow up to be lifelong learner who will be able to do anything that he or she put his or her mind to.
7/ Start planning for your child’s future education from today
While it is important to help set the right foundation for your child’s education from a young age, it is just as important to start planning financially for your child’s higher level education as early as possible. The cost of education is expected to continue to increase, with a four year university degree (including fees, living expenses and airfares) in 2030 predicted at -: *$364,655 (Australia) and $417,643 (UK). In order to ensure that your child can access the best possible tertiary education no matter what – speak with an AIA Insurance planner today to help secure his or her future.
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