As parents, you want the best for your children. You want them to develop intellectually, socially, and physically into the kind of well-rounded individuals who can take on the world with confidence.

To this end, many parents enroll their children in extracurricular activities such as piano lessons or soccer to help them achieve their goals. Yet while these activities are good choices in some cases, they are not always the best option to help your child learn and grow in the long run.

Parent as a Model

You know that one of your main jobs as a parent is to help your children develop social skills. But did you know that modeling those skills can be even more effective than just telling them what to do?

A recent study shows that when parents are positive, warm, encouraging, empathetic—and sincere—their children learn better at school and life in general.

Make sure your kids understand how to work with others by thinking through issues together or having open conversations about what they’re learning in school or in extracurricular activities.

You might find they’re receptive; after all, who doesn’t like having dinner conversations with their favorite people?

Parent as a Teacher

Research shows that parents can effectively aid their children’s academic growth. They can be especially helpful in motivating students, helping them get over challenges, building relationships with teachers, monitoring homework and studying habits, improving social skills, and being a positive role model for work ethic.

In fact, some studies have shown that when parents fulfill these five important roles in their child’s education, it helps contribute to 10% higher GPAs.

Those are some impressive stats! It’s clear that parent involvement is key for improving academic success in schools— but if you really want your kids to succeed (or even Excel)

There are other ways you can go about it than just filling out homework assignments for them at home… particularly if they aren’t your best writers or thinkers!

Assist your youngster in studying for examinations

Developing a daily study routine is important because each child learns at a different pace. Assisting your youngster in studying for examinations may mean having to do all of it or as little as just supervising them. It will all depend on how old they are and what their needs are.

But regardless of whether you’re doing it alone or not, make sure that you’re focusing on one specific area at a time, be it history or physics; otherwise, you might get overwhelmed by having too much to think about, which can lead you to procrastinate further.

This can also leave your children feeling overburdened by trying to process multiple areas at once.

Introduce yourself to your child’s instructor

If you’re a new parent, you may be nervous about meeting your child’s teacher. On top of all that, you probably have other things on your mind as well. If so, take a deep breath.

As an instructor myself, I know that a lot of people worry about making a good first impression when they get into a classroom for their child’s first day of school. But it doesn’t need to be that way! My advice is simple: Just introduce yourself!

Be respectful and courteous—just like you would if you were meeting someone at work or at church or even in passing on a busy street corner.

All children are individuals with different personalities, needs, and learning styles—and often those needs are very specific.

Children Learn the names of the people at your child’s school

This can be very helpful when children start at a new school. Even if your child knows them, sometimes they will forget, especially as they get older. This is also good practice for children who are just learning their own name!

If you take your child along on shopping trips it can help them learn the names of people. You could point out other people and ask what’s their name? or how do you say hello in English?

Give your child lots of practice reading (and writing) their own name: Have everything with their name on in English; it doesn’t have to be Japanese!

Get to know the folks at your child’s school by their first names

Meeting teachers is a great way to see how they relate with your child on a day-to-day basis. Plus, when you have a relationship with each other, it’s easy for them to contact you should they ever have any questions or concerns.

In general, getting involved in their life at school helps deepen your understanding of what they’re learning in class—and it gives you opportunities to ask them questions about what makes sense or doesn’t make sense. After all, there’s no better way than seeing something firsthand.

Keep updated with your child’s teacher and attend parent-teacher meetings

Your child’s teacher can provide you with a lot of insight into how your child is progressing in school. Plus, meeting once a month allows you to remain connected with your child’s educational program.

It is also important for teachers to know that they are not alone; it provides them with an opportunity to let down their guard and interact with parents on a human level as opposed to simply being a source of education.

By staying updated about what goes on in class, you will learn how well your child is growing, which will help boost her confidence and give her some reassurance about her progress.

Check up on your child to see what they are doing

Make an effort to check up on your child throughout their day. Ask them what they are doing, and how it is going for them.

Give them positive feedback, as well as negative feedback in a constructive way. Communication is key for a growing child, so talk with them often about what they are learning.

If you notice that something isn’t working or something else might be better suited for your child, make sure you talk with other educators about how you can help your child thrive more at school.

If you believe your child may require special services, Ask from him/her

Your first step should be filling out an application for special services. Most school districts have a process for evaluating a child with suspected disabilities.

While you can complete some of these forms yourself, others require assistance from professionals—and those are going to take time. If you’re worried about your child’s progress

It might be worth waiting until after winter break when you can meet with teachers and administrators face-to-face instead of trying to handle everything over email or telephone calls in December.

In any case, check on deadlines early as schools will want certain documents such as medical records or evaluations completed by certain dates.

Make sure if your children have completed their homework

One of the parents’ primary responsibilities is to ensure their child completes their homework. While students can certainly be given freedom in how they complete assignments, it’s ultimately up to parents or guardians who decide whether or not children have worked hard enough or put in enough effort.

By enforcing standards on homework completion, children will learn self-discipline and how to overcome laziness for future success.

If there are severe problems with a child’s grades, homework is often a great place for parents, educators, tutors, or coaches to start looking for issues that need addressing.

Poor performance may be caused by things as simple as lost papers or bad organization skills—but could also indicate deeper mental health issues that affect focus and studying abilities.

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