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As a parent, it is a dream come true if you can get your child excited about school. However, with so many distractions out there to affect your kids’ concentration, sometimes this is easier said than done! It’s never going to be the case that they love all their subjects, but if you can get them to be enthusiastic about some of them, you are on the path to success as a parent.
Discover Their Passions
One of the great joys of having children is discovering what sort of a person they turn out to be. School is designed to find out what they are passionate about. Speak to your kids regularly so you know what their favorite subjects are.
If it is English, try giving them new books to read. If it is history, take them to museums or historical places. Encouraging their own individual discovery outside of school is more likely to make them work harder when they are in school. Why not suggest some fun school field trip ideas to their teacher? Kids learn better when they have some variety and something to look forward to.
The ready availability of iPads, Playstations, and television have all played their part in reducing the attention span of kids. While it’s fine for them to have these things, you should set clear rules as to when they can use them.
Try to have a certain time every day that is technology-free so they can do their homework, read a book or learn a musical instrument. Though they may complain about being bored, it will be better for them in the long run.
If your child has a big test coming up, offer them the reward if they achieve a certain score. Make sure you don’t overuse this technique as kids will start to expect a reward every time they do anything good!
Exercise has been shown to improve the focus of both adults and children alike. Encourage your kids to get involved in some sort of sport or personal fitness activity. As well as keeping them healthy, it should transfer over into their school work too. If nothing else, it is more likely that they will be able to get a good night’s sleep and can concentrate better the next day.
These are just a few simple ways to encourage your kids to be more enthusiastic about school. Try out all four and see the difference it makes with your children.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.