The summer of 2013 has come to a close and it is back to school time for parents and children all over the country. It is time to wake your children early, give them a good breakfast and send them off to school in their new clothes. I know as a mother of two that these tasks can certainly be challenging at times.
At most schools around the world, academic learning is always at the forefront. There is no denying the importance of this aspect of education. Sometimes however as a nation, I think that we forget how important social learning and socialization skills are to education as well. In a world where bulling is so prevalent, we “Must” focus on preparing out children to be able to manage such situations if they occur. If we are effective in empowering our children to build a healthy sense of self, then we are empowering our children to excel at school both socially and academically.
Here are 4 great tips to empower your children to excel socially and academically at school this year.
1. Encouragement: This is the ultimate tool to helping your child be successful. When children can accomplish a task in one area, it gives them confidence to accomplish tasks in other areas. Encouragement helps to build a strong sense of self in children. Tell your children, “You can do it rather than you usually make mistakes, so take your time.”
2. Listen More and Talk Less: If you child needs to talk, put your phone down, turn off the television and listen to what he or she has to say. Every child needs to know that his feelings and thoughts matter. If thoughts are acknowledged at home, children will be more apt to volunteer and ask questions at school.
3. Let Mistakes Happen: No one if perfect. The greatest lesson about making mistakes is that we have the opportunity to learn from them. When your children make mistakes and they will, do not pass judgment. Instead suggest a different way to manage the situation. When you make a mistake, make a positive example out of it. It will help your children to accept their own short comings and get less frustrated at school when they make a mistake.
4. Set Structure at Home: The facts are clear parents, children thrive with structure. Set time for homework and dinnertime each night. After homework is completed, allow your child to do something they enjoy.
Have a great school year! Remember you have been given an awesome power to create success in your children’s lives.