While holding a newborn infant in their arms, nearly every parent reflects on the possibilities for that child’s future. They hope that their child will have joy and peace throughout their life and that ultimately, they will be successful. Success can be defined in many different ways. While some standards would imply that success is only truly measurable regarding awards, recognition, riches and fame, the truest forms of success may not be measurable at all.
By helping your child to learn and grow during their formative years, you can help them to begin on the right track for their entire life. One of the most important components of a fulfilling life is education. Not only does education expand the mind and allow people to understand things outside of their experience, but it also helps them learn self-discipline, confidence, and hard work.
To help your child do his or her best in school, one of the best things that you can do is stay involved in their education. Volunteer to go on field trips and to help with school activities. When they come home from school, ask them how their day was and what they learned. Help them with homework and projects. If they can do their work independently, ask them to show their projects to you By showing your children that you care about what they do in school, you are not only helping them know that you care about their wellbeing, but you also instill in them the idea that education is important.
One of the best ways to offer encouragement to children who are struggling in school is to reward them for small achievements. Teach them about goal setting and help them make their goals. The rewards don’t always have to be expensive or even very creative. Praise them for their successes. You may be surprised what a difference it makes when you let your kids know you are proud of them and that you support them.
Another factor in helping a child to succeed is to encourage them to develop other talents and take part in extracurricular activities. There is a growing body of research that supports the idea that children and teenagers who participate in sports, music or activities after school is much more likely to graduate high school, go on to college, and become a responsible and contributing citizen in the future.