Have you been struggling to get your child to complete his/her homework everyday?
Do you feel your child is not showing much interest in studies in school?
Do you have a hard time explaining to your child why it’s important for him/her to learn?
If your answer to one or more questions above is yes, you need to learn effective tactics to encourage your child to want to learn and focus on studies.
Let your child know that you believe in him/her
Giving confidence to your child is the first step to encourage him/her to learn. Parents who get disappointed with their children too fast end up discouraging them. Even if your child is not doing too well today, he/she has the potential to improve. Maintain a positive attitude about their ability, and show them that you care.
Engage in studies and other learning activities with your child
Reading, writing, playing with blocks, and even singing with children makes them feel engaged and accompanies. When children see that their parents are really interested in having them excel, they build up an urge to learn with passion. If you indulge yourself in learning activities with them, they will learn with their heart rather than feel pressurized for it.
Limit your child’s screen time
It is true that early education trends have changed to include a lot of screen time for kids, at home as well as in school. But access of exposure to television and other devices is damaging for children’s brain development. If children are allowed unlimited screen time without proper supervision, they might end up watching violent or depressing stuff that can cause student stress and disrupt their personality.
Display a positive attitude towards school
Going to school should be a happy experience for children. Parents should see off their children to school in a good and pleasant mood. School should not be connoted as a form of punishment if your child is not behaving well. It should be referred to as a place of excitement, learning, exposure and happiness. When children learn that school is a good place for them to be, they feel comfortable getting actively involved in studies and other learning activities.
Encourage open communication
Children have questions in their minds all the time. If they don’t, that means they are simply not paying attention. Asking them to be open in speaking out their minds help them to clarify any confusion or curiosities they have. This not only applies to teachers, but also to parents. Children sometimes only want to share their thoughts with their parents. Encourage them to open up with you and help them to resolve their conflicts in a friendly manner. This would open up their brain to let more knowledge flow in.
Focus on your child’s interests
Every child has different interests, some of which are part of their personality by birth while others grow as they are exposed to situations and people. Letting your child explore his/her interests can be very good for their development. Maybe your child is delved in a particular subject that can lead him/her into a profession in future. Maybe they like doing some activity that gives them happiness and boosts up their energy in their free time. Focusing on your child’s interest will help you understand them better, and help them in accomplishing what they want to achieve.
Celebrate your child’s achievements
If your child shows improvement in grades, celebrate. If your child’s teachers praise him/her, you praise them too and celebrate. Being praised and acknowledged by parents is something every child longs for. If you show appreciation on your child’s small achievements, they will be motivated to get bigger achievements to get more frequent praises from their mom and dad.