WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING

Parents often feel pushed and pulled in different directions on how to raise their children. Parenthood is one of the greatest joys and challenges that life presents to us. When it comes to your child’s education, there are certainly different routine, incentives and learning methods you can use to ensure that your child is getting a quality education. However, a common theme that ties together all learning journeys that leads to success is discipline.

The word discipline has different significance, but in this context we are discussing scholarly discipline which encompasses consistency, persistence, and effective instruction from both teachers and parents. If the road to success were easy or happened by chance, everyone could be successful. There is certainly a recipe for success when it comes to teaching your child discipline in the pursuit of better education.

These five tips for a more disciplined education may be just the guidance your child needs:

1) Establish a routine
Success is comprised of consistent action repeated daily until the desired goal has been achieved. When your child wakes up in the morning, perhaps reading 8-10 sight words or practicing spelling words would be a great way to start the day. After school, finishing homework right away or doing an extra page from a supplementary workbook could be the difference between average marks and excellent marks in school.

2) Allow your child to work independently
Too many parents give their children solutions to challenging questions. If your child works through the difficult questions, he or she will take pride in the victory of completing the assignments independently.

3) Encourage your child to make mistakes and persevere
Some of the most inventive and brilliant minds in history have failed more times than they have succeeded. Not every effort will result in a success, but in the end your child will be remembered for his or her successes rather than a few bad marks. Focus on the big picture of your child’s learning journey.

4) Accord praise when praise is due
If your child accomplished a short term goal, give him or her affirmation! This positive reinforcement will encourage and motivate your child to enjoy learning.

5) Be sensitive to your child’s holistic needs
Some parents make the mistake of pushing their children too hard, which can cause more harm than good. For example, if your child returns home from school feeling sick, be sure to put his or her physical and emotional health before the task of finishing the extra assignments.

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