Nowadays, children are pushed to succeed from a very young age. Keeping up the GPA, finding a good group of friends, passing the ubiquitous exams can all take a toll on you kid. Here are a couple of tips on how to provide support and encouragement in the best way possible.
Cheer Them up
Anyone can get discouraged, especially if the demands and small failures become a little too much to bear. A good parent can usually notice these slumps right away. A good idea in such circumstances is to demonstrate how much you actually believe in your kid. Imagine that you are a cheerleader! Sometimes this is all it takes.
Create Study Plans Together
Sometimes, stress can be caused by too many things happening at the same time. Young people rarely have the time management skills, which are necessary for regulating their workload. If your child has too many assignments, he/she might resort to ignoring them altogether. The best way to prevent this is to create study plans at the beginning of each week. You child will benefit from your experience and enjoy the attention.
Some psychologists and pedagogues say that bribing your child is unethical, but I disagree. It not only shows children the positive results of hard work, but also motivates them like nothing else. However, it is preferable not to use money as rewards. Instead, offer fun activities, their favorite meals, or anything you know they might enjoy.
Remember about Breaks!
It can be easy to forget that younger students do not have the same attention span as adults. This is why it is important to understand how much effort it takes them to concentrate, even if it is just for thirty minutes. More than half an hour of focusing on a task will most probably decrease you child’s productivity dramatically. Frequent breaks will revitalize your child, even if these breaks are limited to simple walking around the room or running in the backyard.
Introduce New Kinds of Activities
I understand that this advice sounds a bit counterproductive, but not all activities are equal. One hour of a science class and one hour of drama club have completely different effects on children. Urge your child to participate in the activities they might be interested in. This will help socialize and entertain them at the same time.
Participate in School Activities Yourself
One of the easiest ways to show your kid how much you care is to participate in their school trips. You can help to organize dances, judge competitions, or field trips. This will allow you to stay abreast of all school developments and create a connection between you and your child.
Remember to talk to your children and to show your interest in their life. Good communication leads to good relationships.