Years of research show clearly that children are more likely to succeed in learning when their families actively support them. When parents and other family members read with children, help them with homework, talk with their teachers, and participate in school or other learning activities, it gives their children a tremendous advantage.
For children to be successful in school, parents and families need to be actively involved in their children's learning early, and stay involved throughout the school year. In fact, many studies show that what the family does is more important to a child's school success than how much money the family makes or how much education the parents have. By showing interest in their children's education, parents and families can spark enthusiasm in them and lead them to a very important understanding-that learning can be enjoyable as well as rewarding.
Here are some other steps you can take to help your child stay in school:
Keep track of what they do after school. Adolescent drug and alcohol use, as well as sexual activity, often takes place during unsupervised after school hours. Even if you work, schedule a time to speak with your kids every day. Encourage them to get involved in afterschool clubs, sports, and community activities.
Keep things routine. Following a schedule leaves less time for them to get in trouble and creates stability. Set homework time, dinnertime, TV time (which should be limited), and discuss the day's activities at a specific time.
Keep morale high. Praise their accomplishments, encourage them to explore their interests and talents, and let them know you believe they can succeed.
Keep them reading. Books, magazines, and newspapers should be available to your kids. Reading equals success not only in school, but also in life. Talk to your kids about what they are reading, and find out what they like to read. Visit your local library.
Talking With Kids
No loving relationship can exist without communication. Kids believe they have valuable things to say and, when a parent listens genuinely, it helps foster self-esteem and confidence. One important thing to remember is the need to build an ongoing dialogue. As your child grows up, they will need more and more information, so start early and build on the conversation as your child matures.
Families today are pulled in many different directions. Schedules for all family members may be varied and hard to coordinate. Spending time together as a family is an important factor in nurturing the development of children. Family dinners can provide a valuable time for teaching, and are traditionally a time for sharing news, values, etc. They can give everyone a chance to unwind, relax, and talk together.
Reading With Your Kids
One of the most important things that you can do for your children is help them develop their reading skills. It is no exaggeration to say that how well children learn to read affects not only how successful they are in school, but also how well they do throughout their lives. When children learn to read, they have the key that opens the door to all the knowledge of the world.