School can be a sensitive subject. Some children love school and thrive in the classroom environment. For others, it is not so easy. Some children find school intimidating, difficult or just boring. They may not have a social circle to help them through the day or the interest in the lessons to keep them engaged and interested. It can be tough to encourage your children to enjoy school as a parent, but you can achieve it.
As a parent, it can be hard to send your child off to school every day, knowing that they do not want to be there. While there is no magic wand to make everything better, there are some steps you can take to help to encourage your child to enjoy school that little bit more. So to help them, here are some ways that you can help show your children that there is more to school than maths and, in turn, help promote a positive attitude toward their school career.
Lead by example
Children learn from their parents by following them and doing as they do, not as they say. If you can demonstrate an interest in education and the value of learning, you are modelling this behaviour for them to adopt. Simple things such as picking up a book, learning a new skill, or even taking a new class are great ways to show children that learning is for everyone and something they can enjoy.
Show an interest
Showing an interest in your child’s education may be met with resistance at first, but as time goes on, they will appreciate the effort you have shown in their school life. Taking an active role in their homework offers support and demonstrates that you value their school work. Praising the good, the challenging world, and the effort made will lead to added pride and a sense of achievement that your children will be willing to replicate. Asking questions and enquiring about their friends and school day may open the door for your children to talk to you should they face a problem or difficult situation. Sparing some of your time to find out what they are doing with their time can go a long way.
It is not just about learning.
Encourage your children to participate in extracurricular activities and encourage the importance of taking a break from studies. Discuss what after-school clubs are available, and encourage them to participate in the school production or attend activity school trips you know they will love. This can all help build confidence, make new friends, and show your children that their school life can be fun.
Remember, learning comes in many forms.
When it comes to your child’s education, it is important to remember that everyone has a different learning style. A method that works best for them. Your child may not thrive in a classroom where they sit and copy notes from the board; they may prefer a hands-on approach or learn practically. Help your child identify the subjects they enjoy most and how they best absorb their lessons. This can help your child get more from their education and school life and help them adapt and find a method of learning that suits them. Hopefully, this post has given you some tips on how to encourage your children to enjoy school.