The best way to help your children do well in school is to show them that school and homework are important to you and the whole family.
Of course, there are lots of other ways you can show your children you care. Here's some helpful advice.
- You are your children's first and most important teacher. You know your children better than anyone else, and you probably care about them more than anything. Get involved in their education at every step – from homework help to parent-teacher conferences.
- A close relationship with your children can keep them from having problems in school. Children need help making decisions about school, relationships, peer pressure, work, and growing up. All of this can be easier if your children can talk to you about anything.
- Be a good listener. Young children want to talk about their school day, so take time to talk and listen every day. As children get older, especially during high school, they might not want to talk as much. Be patient: think of creative ways to stay involved in your children's lives.
- Praise your children. You need to be a cheerleader for your children. Tell your kids you're proud if they deserve it. Make sure you give praise when your children make a real effort.
- Offer your personal support. Help your children practice multiplication tables or have them read you one of their essays. If your children are having trouble in school, offer to help them get through it.
Having an honest and positive relationship with your children will help create success in school. Even if you didn't have the best experience in school, you can still help your children be successful. Your kindness, humor, and loving support make a huge difference.