Monday, August 30, 2021

4 Things Every Parent Can Do To Help Their Kid Progress At School

School is a big part of every child's life, and making appropriate progress academically, and socially is important to both kids and parents.  Also, it's worth noting that not all kids progress at the same rate. Yet, there are some things that parents can do to help support their child’s progress through their school careers. Keep reading to find out what they are. 

Read to them at home ( & with them) 

Reading to your kids at home is a sure-fire way to encourage a love of books, and stories, and build their language for an early age. It's also a wonderful way to connect with your child and spend some precious one-on-one time, even when life gets busy. 

Of course, as they get older, it's a good idea to read with them as well as to them. This means getting them to read to you sometimes too, as this will help them with lots of skills such as sounding out words, context, and will boost their confidence at school later on. 

Show them it's OK to fail sometimes 

One of the most valuable lessons we can show our children is that it's OK to fail sometimes and that no- one can be successful or right all of the time. Indeed, learning to fail with grace and to glean things from that failure is an essential life skill that will help them not only in school but also in the wider world as well. 

Educate themselves on potential hurdles 

When it comes to helping your child progress at school, it can also be useful to make yourself aware of any potential issues that may arise. For example, if you know the signs of bullying you are better set to notice them in your child and get them help when it's most needed. 

The same goes for mental health and learning difficulties as well such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD. In fact, by knowing how to help a child with ADHD you can make their experience at school much easier. Not to mention provide support so they can continue to achieve their fullest potential. 

Love them unconditionally 

Last of all, when it comes to helping your kid progress at school, it's very important that you don't let achievement be the foundation for your relationship. Kids that only feel they are loved and good enough when they are achieving academically or in sports are likely to struggle with all sorts of issues like perfectionism, and low self-esteem, especially when they encounter a situation where they find it difficult to succeed. 

Additionally, it's worth remembering that kids that have this type of experience often end up resenting their parents as they feel they are only accepted when they create pride for the adults in their lives. With that in mind, while it's important to help your kid get the best start in school, it's just as vital to demonstrate love no matter what their achievement and find common ground and things to connect over that don't link their worth to achievement. 

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