Parents are mentors for their children, playing an essential role in helping them fulfil their potential in life. Here are 5 ways to help your child achieve their potential:
1. Engage With Your Child
Ask your child about their day, what they are studying, what they enjoy and don’t enjoy. Make sure you really listen and take time to understand what they are telling you. Ask them about their goals and dreams and then start encouraging them to achieve them. Discuss the books they are reading and what they are watching on TV. Show your child affection. Make sure you hug them every day and devote time to them. Only by fully engaging with your child can you truly understand their strengths and weaknesses and help them where they need it. Talk to your child’s teacher often so you keep up to date with what they are studying and how they are progressing. Attend school plays and sports days where possible.
2. Set the Scene for Learning
Make homework part of the daily routine. If no homework is given it can be a time for reading or learning of some kind. Ensure your child has a dedicated place to study, preferably somewhere that you are able to supervise and offer guidance if necessary, such as a table in the kitchen if you are preparing a meal at the same time. Make sure the TV is off and phones are silent. Encourage your child to manage their time effectively and stick to their daily and weekly routines.
Offer praise and encouragement particularly when your child is struggling with something. If they can see that their effort is being rewarded they should be encouraged to develop and improve their skills. Children should be taught that failure is ok. It teaches you to be persistent and get better at something. Even if a child is a high achiever in a particular area they should be encouraged to keep trying to do better, especially if success has come easily to them.
4. Make Learning Enjoyable
A child who hates the topic they’re studying will usually struggle to do well in it. Try and find some way to enable them to enjoy it. Family outings to places where learning is fun will be enjoyable for everyone and children won’t even realise they’re learning. Museums, zoos and libraries are good examples. Make sure your child doesn’t put pressure on themselves and don’t put pressure on them either. If they are not enjoying doing something that is challenging for them don’t waste too much time trying to encourage them to improve. Time is probably better spent on helping them improve at something they do enjoy.
5. Private Tuition
A private tutor can help if a child is struggling in a particular subject. Often a private tutor can find a different approach to a topic and a child may respond to their way of teaching. Fleet Tutors have a number of tutors who can help your child achieve their potential. They are experienced at working with children on a one-to-one basis in a wide range of subjects and will work with your child to see the desired results.
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