Give Your Child the Best Chance of Success in School With These Three Strategies

January 04, 2018

A child’s success in school is largely connected to his or her educational engagement at home. When parents help reinforce the basic skills that are taught in the classroom, children have a better chance of flourishing.

Despite the important connection between at-home support and in-school learning, many children don’t receive the solid partnership between school and home that they need to thrive. Oftentimes, parents and guardians do not know how to provide the best at-home learning environment or adequately prepare their children to learn well in school.

Fortunately, it is fairly easy to change the environment at home and make it more conducive to educational growth. Here are the three top character traits you can help your child develop outside of the classroom so that he or she can succeed inside the classroom and throughout the rest of life.

1. Respect

Respect is one of the most important character traits a child can learn because it builds a solid base for good conduct. It may seem that young children are incapable of learning such a grown-up concept, but you may be surprised to discover how quickly they pick up on it if they are taught consistently. This is especially true if their respectful behavior is always positively reinforced.

While it is essential to teach children to be respectful and courteous toward their elders, it is equally important to teach them to be respectful of each other. Once this character trait is learned, children are able to interact more positively with their peers and experience fewer conflicts. 

2. Independence 

It takes patience to teach a child the skills he or she needs to be more independent, but the effort is worth it. While it’s important to understand that children can’t do everything for themselves and we shouldn’t push them past their limits, there are many tasks they can do on their own.

Learning to be independent can be frustrating for a child, so help your child understand that it’s ok to try without success. Make it clear that success is not always achieved on the first try, so it’s important to keep trying until the desired outcome is achieved.

Stepping back and letting your child slowly complete the simplest of tasks can be a struggle. But doing so can help him or her build confidence and experience the joy of independence.

3. Empowerment

Most children do not like to be bossed around. However, it’s important to teach children responsibility so they are more likely to succeed in their educational, personal and professional endeavors. So, how do you get children to willingly accept responsibility? Start by helping them feel empowered.

While children don’t like to be bossed around, they love to feel important. One great way to help them feel important is by allowing them to do things you would normally do, such as sweeping the floor or setting their own place at the table. Instead of making the task seem like a chore, make it seem like an important honor.

When you give children responsibilities and immediately reinforce their good behavior with praise, they are more likely to help out willingly. They may even decide to take the initiative in the future and do chores without being asked. 

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The younger your child is when you start to teach him or her respect, independence and empowerment, the better. These are important skills that should be developed and nurtured in the home to adequately prepare children for success in school and all other aspects of life. By taking the time to teach these character traits to your child, you provide him or her with a strong foundation for a fulfilling, well-adjusted life.


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