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School Success:13 Tips for Parents

Updated on December 18, 2017
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Stella works on Greek Secondary Education. She is a teacher in Greek Language and Sociology. She holds a master's degree in literature.

We should raise kids who love to learn
We should raise kids who love to learn | Source

All parents want their child to achieve in school. They feel sad when he refuses to study. Children often tell lies and conceal their obligations for the school. However, the school year depends on the family. The excellent students have good bases from home. Their parents are supportive. Instead, the bad students come from homes where there is no parental support. These do not eat properly. They do not sleep enough. Several factors contribute to academic success.

1.The Encouragement

Many parents are pessimistic. They expect the least and worst of their child. But this is wrong! It is good to have high but realistic expectations. You should expect that your child will succeed. His success will come slowly. Your kid should feel proud of what he achieves.

It is wrong to characterize a child as lazy. We spoil our relationship with him. We make him feel bad. "This time you didn’t succeed. You can try again. Be more careful," could say the parent. If the child constantly hears negative ratings, he will not try next time. Instead, the encouragement helps a lot.

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure," said Colin Powell.

2. Good Habits

A child will succeed in school if he feels well. The parents should look after his brain function. How? The child needs to sleep enough. It is good to eat healthy foods, fruits, and vegetables. Breakfast is essential. The exercise is necessary. Many families do not allow their child to make sports out of fear he will not go well in school. "A healthy mind needs a healthy body," used to say the ancient Greeks.

3. School Space

Parents should create a school corner for their children. Youngsters can do their homework seamlessly there. They can easily find what they need. There is not also the stress of the morning preparing. Good organization is important for everyone. Living in a limited space with kids has its challenges. But, small and elegant equipment can save the parents.

Children schould have their own homework space
Children schould have their own homework space | Source

Reading requires concentration conditions. Many things may upset the children. The younger brothers play, or the relatives visits, the loud music, and tv may be annoying. Parents must ensure peace conditions and home tranquility. They must not enforce a regime of absolute silence. They should find space for their child. Quiet peace can prevail. Children will stay away from the temptations.

4. Motivation

Children should have incentives to try. These can be positive examples, rewards or the fear of punishment. Our successful friends can be positive role models. We can give youngsters examples of colleagues who were good students and met professional success. Wise parents reward their kids for every good result.

5. Love for Learning

It's good to integrate learning into the child's life with simple ways. Families can visit a museum or a gallery. They can make an educational trip. They should talk to their children about learning throughout their life. They can also watch movies about the museums they will visit. There are documentary series about the best museums in the world.

Museum visit: a path to school improvement
Museum visit: a path to school improvement | Source

6. Give a Good Example

Children learn from their parents. They can do a new hobby or skill with them. Kids will imitate them. Parents should read books in front of them. After that, they could chat with their children about this experience. Youngsters will love learning in any form.

Parents should read their child books in early primary classes
Parents should read their child books in early primary classes | Source

7. Boost Reading

The first years of their education children learn to read. When they grow up, they read to learn. The written word is the key to understanding and progress. Parents should hold their child's book in early primary classes. As he grows, they can buy more complex books. They can discuss with him the plot, the heroes, their motives. Parents can help children improve their reading habits. A simple way is to summarize what they have read. They can also define the difficult words in the texts.

Bookstore Visits
Bookstore Visits | Source

8. Limit Electronic Games

The downhill school performance starts from the miracle of technology. Children have access to a huge number of games on the computer. The boys play games. Girls talk on the phone for hours. Internet gives free and easy fun. Parents should remove the electronics games at the time of reading. If there is no trust, they can close the internet for some hours. They could also use the parental controls in Windows. It will cause friction, but eventually, the method will work. It is necessary to put limits. If the child responds, it's a good idea to reward him.

Parents could limit electronic devices in the house
Parents could limit electronic devices in the house | Source

9. Program

Parents should create their child's program. They can organize the weekdays, what he has to do daily. They must agree with their kid the homework time. Children should do it after school or a couple hours later? They could learn to write their goals. It helps them to prioritize the things they want to accomplish.

We  should help our children with their homework!
We should help our children with their homework! | Source

10. Avoid multiple Extracurricular Activities

Sometimes parents push kids to deal with sports, foreign languages, Arts, computer learning, etc. This diminishes their free time. Nobody wants to work all the time. He overextends himself. The school time study easily turns into relaxation time. The many activities reduce the child's interest in school.

Chess, Ballet, and the swimming pool is a hundred times more fun than homework. Parents should eliminate the unnecessary burdens. The child would have time for reading and relaxation. It is also important for the child to understand the work precedes fun. Parents should only keep the program activities that make kids happy. They could place them in the afternoon hours when they finish their homework.

11. Discussions

Parents should discuss with children. They have to know their child's life. They must make questions open-ended. An answer just "Yes/No" is not useful. They should ask their child about friends, teachers, lessons, how he feels, what he likes, what he doesn't like.

Parents must invest in listening to their children. They should avoid preaching. They must not cancel what he says. They could give children a chance to express their joy. They must continue to support both succeeds and effort. Also, the parent can communicate with their kid’s teachers. Their opinion is always useful.

“By seeking and blundering we learn,” said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

12. Accountability

People say that we learn from our mistakes. This quote may inspire parents. Children learn from wrong. But, they have to believe in their forces. Parents must give them space to succeed or fail on their own. Most kids are willing to invest time and effort to learn. Smart children are more likely to give up on difficulties. They believe being smart everything is easy for them. In the opposite case, they give up. Taking responsibilities is the only way youngsters will change their behavior. They need commitment and feedbacks to ensure their own success.

13. Help from Specialists

If parents cannot convince their child to study, they should go to a specialist. He'll show them practical strategies to help their child. Also, learning disabilities (visual or auditory discrimination, dyslexia, etc.) several times lead to low school performance. The child cannot follow the class learning rate. Here, only experts can help.

All parents want to have happy children. They worry about their future. People often associate a person's happiness with success. They often correlate this with a good performance at school. Children rarely love school. Parents can follow the above tips to make their kids appreciate school.

Which do you think is the most important tip for school success?

Which do you think is the most important tip for school success?

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    • stelaligizaki profile imageAUTHOR

      Stella Aligizaki 

      9 months ago from Greece

      Thank you for stopping by and reading, Kari. I appreciate your comments!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      9 months ago from Ohio

      This is all very good advice. Luckily, I'm past those days. But I did use many of these when my children were in school.

    • stelaligizaki profile imageAUTHOR

      Stella Aligizaki 

      9 months ago from Greece

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Milon. I appreciate your opinion!

    • Milon Kariul profile image

      milon 

      9 months ago from dhaka, bangladesh

      Very helpful writing. I think, parental motivation can help a lot to success in school.

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