Parents, in general, want their children to be successful in whatever they do. When you send your child to school for the first time, the hope you have for her is high and this is normal. Who doesn’t want their kids to be intelligent and scores high in their studies?
But at the same time, not all children will embrace everything smoothly and excel brilliantly. Some children will be struggling in school and don’t seem to be motivated to make an effort. As a parent, the first thing you need to do is explore if there is any obstacle getting in her way. Maybe she’s finding it difficult to learn, or to socially engage, or has emotional problems - this can all cause kids to disengage academically.
Here are some strategies that you can use to help your child work up to their full potential and stay motivated in school.
1. Get involved- Get in the habit of asking her about what she learned in school, and generally engage her academically. By showing your interest in your child’s school life, you’re showing her school can be exciting and interesting.
2. Do homework with her - And let her know that you’re available to answer questions.
3. Reward your kids for the good work - Kids respond well to social reinforces like praises, hugs, and high fives. Praising your child for making a sustained effort, for trying things she wasn’t sure she can do successfully, can all help teach her the pleasure of pushing herself.
4. Let them make mistakes - While your child wants encouragement and it’s healthy to push them to undertake their best, know that setbacks are natural. It’s best to learn by doing mistakes and to realize thereafter what happens once they’re unprepared.
5. Make the teacher your partner - Another one of the most important things you can do for your child is to work with her teacher. The teacher may have the insights to encourage your kid, or what she might be struggling with.
6. Keep your goals in perspective - If your child is not a star student, don’t worry or stress yourself. Appreciate her for the hassle she puts in and the commitment she shows rather than the result.
7. Get support for yourself – Sometimes you can’t handle it alone. Get some advice or support through social media or other platforms from other parents who have gone ahead of you.