by Celeste Rogers
Most parents want their children to excel in school, but achieving that goal may seem elusive. Homework assignments can be intimidating, leaving children frustrated and parents unsure of their ability to help. But if you’re a parent yearning to maximize your child’s educational potential, there is much you can do. According to experts, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, prioritizing progress over performance, and keeping a long-term perspective can help you focus on what’s most important. Here are four steps to help you get started:
Engage the Teacher
Meeting regularly with your child’s teacher can give you a sense of how the class is being managed and a better understanding of the dynamics in the classroom. Once you meet the teacher, you can share goals and concerns about your child’s academic performance. To maximize the experience, ask what you can do at home to help your son or daughter succeed in the classroom. Aim to build a mutually beneficial partnership between you and the educator.
Embrace the Homework
According to TeachHub.com, an educational resource website published by the K-12 Teachers Alliance, parents can significantly impact the academic success of their children by helping to reinforce what they’ve learned in the classroom. So, don’t shy away from homework; embrace it. As a parent, you bring a mature outlook to the table, which can help your child solve problems and overcome challenges. You may even alleviate stress in the process and motivate your homework-averse youngster to excel.
Talking with your child is essential to the educational process, not just at homework time but whenever possible. When he or she returns home from school, ask how the day went. And then listen to their stories with your full attention. With each conversation, show that you care about what’s happening in your child’s life and value school and learning.
Find a Tutor
If unable to assist your child with homework due to time constraints, lack of cooperation, or difficulty understanding and/or helping with assignments, find a tutor to help boost academic performance. A tutor can take some of the pressure off you ─ the parent – and provide the additional support your child needs. You will find it well worth the investment.
Most of all, don’t forget to include God in the equation. He created your child with a purpose and holds the key that will unlock his or her potential. It says in His Word:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future“ (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
You are not alone on the journey to your child’s academic success. God is with you every step of the way. So, stay connected to the Source of Life, and trust Him to fulfill His promise!