Studies have concluded that the more involved parents are in their child’s education, the more likely the child is to perform well in school. It’s unclear why exactly this is the case, but essentially, if your child knows that you completely support them where their education is concerned, they will feel more eager to succeed and impress you. Of course, you can’t be a fly on the wall at school and see how they are getting on, but you can certainly do your best at home. A great place to start is with homework. Try and make yourself available to your child when they’re doing homework so that they know they can ask you for help if they get stuck. I have joined forces with a private school in Hertfordshire to share some top tips on how you can go about helping your child with their homework, and therefore provide a supportive environment for a successful education.
Some parents find the idea of helping their kids with homework quite daunting, especially if they’re not academically inclined themselves. It may feel like it’s been a long time since you had to figure out the value of X or label the parts of a plant, but helping your child doesn’t necessarily mean you have to give them the answers. In fact, giving them the answers will not help them in the long run because the teachers will not realise that they are struggling.
Even something as simple as providing your child with a suitable space to study will be beneficial to them. This study space should be comfortable, tidy, well-lit and free of distractions, such as TV and games consoles. Instead, it should be filled with the necessary stationery, books and other supplies. When they start to struggle with a piece of homework, show them how to look things up in books or on the internet.
Make sure you have a set routine for each afternoon (after school) so that there are no arguments when you ask your child to do their homework. They should be aware that homework takes precedence and leisure activities can come after. If you don’t have a designated time for homework, it’s unlikely that your child will find the motivation to switch off the TV and complete their work.
Once homework is complete, be sure to praise your child for getting it done without a fuss. Let them know you are proud of them for trying their best and if they don’t get the grade they were hoping for, try not to be hard on them. Remind them that as long as they have put in the effort, that’s all you expect from them. Praise is, after all, a fantastic motivator for children. Your positivity and optimism where homework is concerned will really change their outlook.
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