Academic success is important in a child’s life, they do not always realise the impact it will have in shaping their future.
There are so many things we as parents can do to help our children succeed academically. Now success to most of us means being an “A” student, but in my personal opinion success means doing the best that they can even if their best is 60%. This all starts with being involved.
I know that 90% of parents have to work full day and kids tend to be in the care of others for most of the day and only have a couple of hours in the evening to do homework and spend time with our children. This is why it is important to keep track of your children’s school activities, setting up a routine and be consistent with it, making sure they get enough rest and are getting enough exercise as this helps them to focus better in school.
Step 1: Homework
Set up a proper routine for doing homework. If you are lucky enough to be able to be at home in the afternoons with your children, it is easier to set up a routine for homework, but if your child attends an aftercare they tend to do the bulk of their homework with someone else and setting up a routine is a bit more difficult. If your child does homework at aftercare, it is important for you as the parent not to just sign the homework book, but to review the work that was done and then instead leaving it at that, spend 30 minutes with your child doing extra work or studying for the next exam, this means exam time will be easier.
Step 2: Sleep
There is nothing better for your child’s brain than getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep will affect your child’s performance at school negatively. I am aware that everywhere you read it says that your child needs 8 hours of sleep, but in this day and age it is not always possible. Try as must as possible to be balanced.
Step 3: Be there, be involved, and be interested
If you are anything like me, you are on almost every committee at school and over involved with every activity your child takes part in, but not everyone is like that. Being involved does not mean you have to be like me, being involved means letting your child see that you are taking an interest in them and their activities. Academically know what work your child is busy with, read up on how to help them and if you can’t get someone one who can. Have open and stress free dialog with your child about school, sport and their marks. Read with your children from a young age, but if you did not do this, it is never too late to start now. Challenge them if they don’t like reading and reward them when they do. School activities and sport is also important, show an interest if you cannot be physically involved.
Step 4: Organisation is key
Schedule, schedule, schedule. If you look at my calendar, you will freak out and run. But recording every activity and synchronizing it with my husband, child carer and children’s phones helps to keep everyone on track and no one is confused about where they need to be or what they need to do. A written planner on the fridge is great, but who really has time to remember to update this as they go? I use my calendar app on my cell and every member has their own color on my cell, but on theirs I only share their activities with them. Important activities are marked as red and this means that things like school projects and assignments cannot be missed. It also means that by keeping track of school activities and exams time tables this way means that you won’t accidentally agree to an important meeting a night before your child is writing a big test.
As a parent your most important job is you children. By being involved and establishing a routine with school, homework and life, helps your children to see that these are important things to you and they are likely not to lose interest in doing well in school and have an positive outlook on life. Doing that makes you a successful parent.