Some might believe that a child's success in school has to do with how capable or smart the child is, or how far they can excel in certain subjects. What most parents fail to realize is, that a huge part of their children's success in school starts at home. The way you run things at home has a huge effect on your child's academic performance, therefore, it is important to keep things at home structured. Following these tips will not only help your child thrive academically, but will also help in their overall attitude towards school.
ROUTINE IS KEY
Create a routine for your child to get used to.
For example: wake up, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, do homework, free time, eat dinner, read, brush your teeth, go to bed.
Having a routine will help your child do things on their own without you having to tell them to do something. It will also keep them on track with their day and so they know what to expect, like finishing homework before getting to watch TV.
ENFORCE HEALTHY HABITS
A huge part of being successful in school is being healthy and energized. Some ways of enforcing healthy habits include:
- Keeping healthy snacks around the house
- Encouraging your child to sign up for sports teams in school
- Having a bedtime so they are well-rested
- Limiting TV or video game time during the week
This will teach them the importance of having healthy habits and lead them to enjoy being active. As a result, they will have more energy when it comes to school or homework as well as a more positive attitude.
DESIGNATE HOMEWORK SPACE
Make sure you have a quiet and designated space for your child to do all their school work. This is unbelievably important because it will eliminate distractions. For example, if your child does homework in the kitchen, they might get easily distracted by people walking in and out, the smell of dinner cooking, and parents talking or making phone calls.
Although many kids dread this rule, it is really crucial and has been proven through many studies to increase vocabulary as well as enhance basic knowledge in the long run. Even if it is just 20 minutes a day, try to encourage them to read everyday or at least a few times a week. In order to help them enjoy this a bit more, go to the library with them and let them pick out a book that actually interests them.
BE OPEN AND SUPPORTIVE
Make sure your child knows that you are always there to help them. One of the biggest mistakes that parents make is acting too tough when it comes to academics. This makes children afraid to tell parents if they did not get the grade they had hoped for on a test or hide issues they may encounter at school. School is challenging enough as it is, so feeling as if they don't have support will bring them down even more. Encourage them to study and keep trying and don't let their hard work go unnoticed, even if the grade was not an A.