Helping Your Child Succeed in School

We all want to see our children do well and succeed in school. Watching a child struggle with a certain subject, peer involvement, or other aspects of formal education can be difficult for parents. It is especially frustrating when we don’t know how to help. The key is to identify potential problems early on and be supportive throughout the process. Children with parents who are involved and active in their education tend to be
more successful outside of the home.

Home Environment
Take steps to ensure that the atmosphere in your home supports fun ways to learn. There should be a number of items, including puzzles, books, and art supplies available for your kids to explore. Consistent daily routines when it comes to eating and bedtime are also crucial. Proper rest and nutrition can go a long way in aiding the educational process.

Read Every Day
Many parents find themselves attached to smart phones or computers for a large part of the day and night. Most of the learning that your child does in school will involve reading. It is important to limit TV and video game time and encourage reading of a wide range of materials. Whether you want to utilize electronic books or traditional paper books, allow your kids to explore genres that interest them. Read aloud with them and encourage their individual efforts.

Innate Skills
Some skills that are inherent in successful individuals include general organization, effective study methods, and participation in class. Most kids are not born organized. Teach them how to budget their time and use tools like binders, calendars, and notebooks to improve their methods. It is also beneficial to provide an area that is free of distractions for your child to study effectively.

In order to set your child up for success in school, do your best to be an involved parent. Encourage your child both inside and outside of the classroom. With your continued support, your child can achieve educational goals by being organized and confident in their abilities.

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Jennifer Brown is a mama and an MD who enjoys finding fun in the chaos that comes with being a working mommy. Balancing the effort it takes to raise two adorable boys and juggle a thriving medical career, Jennifer also loves baking cookies, taking photos, reading fiction, and drinking coffee.

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