Motivate your child in a way that promotes the love for learning. (Shutterstock)
The drive to motivate yourself to do home
chores after a long day at work feels near impossible. The drive to also
motivate your kids to complete their homework or study for an upcoming exam
feels even more impossible. But it all needs to be done.
From childhood through their school career,
your child’s workload only intensifies – as does the pressure on parents to
keep them on the right track.
So how can you, as a working parent, help your
child achieve academic success, especially when it feels you don’t have time
for much else?
1. Communication is key:
Constantly remind them that you’re never
too busy to listen – then follow through on that promise. Establish an open
line of communication, so your child knows they can come straight to you when
they need help. If they aren’t doing particularly well at something at school,
let them know that it’s okay but remind them that you’re proud they’re giving
it their best shot. Encourage them to never give up.
If they know they’re not going to get into
trouble for their honesty, they’re more likely to come to you when they’re
2. Play to their strengths:
After work, try to remain in tune with what
your child enjoy. This often means that you let go of your own ideals in favour
of the child’s ambitions. The chances that your kids excel in the same areas as
you are unlikely, so manage your expectations.
Don’t force your child to excel in subjects
they don’t enjoy, nor in those they don’t feel they’re good at. Rather encourage
them to put even more effort into subjects where they feel really engaged, and
love what they are learning. Let them know each individual has their own
strengths, and not everyone can or should be great at the same things.
3. Help them study more
Online learning platforms like Educate24
offer many courses that can help with your child’s schoolwork. These courses
such as the 7
Golden Rules for You or Your Child’s Academic Success which teaches the
basic principles of how to study, can be completed on a smartphone, tablet or
laptop in only six weeks.
Equipping yourself and them with nifty
tools like this, grants them more independence. As they become more comfortable
implementing new techniques, working parents are left with more independent
4. Continue your own learning
Set an example by showing your child what
dedication and self-discipline looks like by completing a short course too. Study
for yourself, brush up on what interests you or benefits your life, and boost
your confidence in the process.
thirst for knowledge is ongoing, even more so in adulthood when it’s less of a
chore and speaks more to personal and professional growth. By doing so, you
become even more of an inspiration to your family.
5. Help with their homework:
Don’t do their entire project for them even
if you may think it’ll save time, you’d do a better job than them, or that
they’ll learn through observation. Rather, encourage your child to complete it
themselves while offering to help only when they don’t understanding something.
Avoid comments that let them know you don’t
understand or disagree with the level of the curriculum, or you hate the way
the teacher asked the question. Instead, approach each hurdle with enthusiasm
otherwise your child will mimic your attitude towards learning – as a difficult
and unnecessary chore.
If you don’t know the answer to a question
off the top of your head (school maths really is very hard) you can figure out
the solution together – with enthusiasm. You may be able to brush up on or dust
off some skills and use it to impress your boss the next day!
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