Three Tips On Motivating Your Child For School
It is that time of year again, the start of a new school year is around the corner! I am not quite there yet with my two girls (Zuri four and Mila one) but, I have been a student, and I have talked with parents who feel the school year can be tough to deal with when your child is not inspired to wake up in the am and be proactive towards attending school daily.
It can be a struggle every day to get your child off to school. How do you deal with problems like that? Our goal as parents is to turn school time into a positive experience so that our children will enjoy going to school. Children learn so much better when they enjoy what they are doing!
Do you agree?
I want to share a few tips that I feel will help motivate your child this school year. Here we go!
First Tip: As a Parent Listen first
One of the biggest tips I have discovered on my journey is God gave us two ears, and one mouth for a reason. Discover if your kid is excited or wanting to avoid school at the beginning! If you are dealing with a son or daughter who is trying to avoid school, try the best you can to discover why your child is not fired up about attending school.
I genuinely believe listening first and not making suggestions is the best approach. At times suggesting or forcing our kids to communicate with us makes the child guarded, and not willing to share.
The problem might be something easy to solve. If there is another child at school who is causing problems, such as teasing or bullying your son or daughter, you can schedule a meeting with teacher or principal to figure out a solution for the challenge. Could also suggest moving your child’s desk, or even switching teachers could be the solution. If bullying is the issue, and you are interested in more detail on subject, I invite you check out my previous post on “How To Prevent Bullying.”
Lastly, as you listen to your child, discover and observe what they are showing signs of being passionate about doing in their spare time. What they love to do, or what excites them outside of school. Encourage and find examples of how school activities related to the things they love to do at home, such as sports, drawing, music, etc.
Second Tip: Encourage your child to invite friends over
If your child doesn’t have any friends at school, it can be challenging to go to school every day, and your son or daughter may not be fired up to attend school. When your children are in grade school, you can be a strong influence by encouraging a playtime for your children – inviting other kids over to spend time at your home. This can help your child build a closer relationship with kids at school, and motivate them to want to attend school.
I personally believe we should always inspire our kids to surround themselves with these 5 people below:
Lastly, by encouraging your kids to invite friends over, this could also be beneficial for you, to meet other parents, or free up time for yourself.
Third Tip: Be involved at your child local school
Becoming involved as a parent, in your son or daughter school allows you to help volunteer and also get a closer look at what’s happening in the classroom. It could also show your child first hand that you care about their education. Your presence will motivate them up to be productive in school.
Volunteering could be a good way to help you find any problems that your child may have with other kids or staff members at school. If possible, volunteer your time to help the teacher, if you have discovered your is having issues in a particular class.
If your child is struggling with a particular subject, you can give them the help they need when you are more active within the school. Whatever the cause is that’s encouraging their problems in school, or demotivating your kid, find a way to help them to resolve it. Your kid pumped to be productive and strive towards their greatest version of themselves.
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Lastly, keep those crowns on your HEARTS…and always remember tomorrow is yours to create, and don’t limit yourself.