Is your kid struggling with enjoying his time at school? It’s so easy to point this task to the teacher. But as a parent, there are a lot of things we can do at home to follow through and make sure your child gets all the support the support possible, be it in school or at home.
Here are some of the things parents can do to get your kid to love school:
- Encourage them to join extra-curricular activities
Learn what your kid’s interests are and see if the school has after-school programs that your kid would enjoy. Let them know that school is not just about learning inside the classroom but to be able to build friendships and improve other skills they are interested in. Signing them up for such activities will give them something to look forward to during school days.
Don’t get carried away with the extracurriculars
We definitely get the point why you want to sign up your child to a lot of activities such as music lessons, getting them involved with sports and all that. While it’s great for your kid to have such activities for his holistic growth, leaving no room for downtime can also put a strain on him. Make sure your kid gets enough time for rest and relaxation. Too much activity can overwhelm him and give him no time to work on his homework. Aim for balance and create space for your kid to be a kid.
Create a homework routine
Kids thrive in routines and once that routine gets disrupted it can really affect their performance. Make sure that the homework routine you establish is well planned. Let your kid pick where he wants to do homework, just make sure that it’s free from distractions. It may also help if you don’t allow him to use any gadgets unless it’s needed.
Show genuine interest
Find the time to sit down with your child and ask him about his homework and school. Keep the conversation positive. Ask him what his favorite subject is, about his friends and teachers. Help out on his assignment so he can feel that you are genuinely interested with what he does.
Even if you don’t do it often, make sure to allot time in joining school activities such as fund-raising, PTAs, and such. This doesn’t only benefit the school but when your child sees how invested you are with your time in doing something for his school, he is going to follow suit. This one is tough because we all have busy schedules but even a bit of participation goes a long way.
I hope these tips are helpful and can help guide you to improving your child’s engagement in school. Keep up the good work, you are doing an amazing job raising your kids! How else can we help you be awesome? Leave a comment and let us know!