Every child must know that failing doesn’t make a failure. Doing something in the wrong way is just practice for getting it right. It’s okay to fail. In fact, most of us fail at something on our first attempt. Try to teach your child not to take failure personally. Encourage them to try things over and over again. Encourage them to try new things. Playing board games is a great way of teaching your child to never give up because the winner of the game is likely to change each time.
Learning is Fun
Anything is harder when it’s seen as chore. If your child isn’t enjoying school because he/she thinks of it as a job, it may be time to turn the tables. Your child will often look to you to set the example. That being said, do your best to have a positive attitude about learning. If you think language is a barrier to your child learning, have a look at the English learning system set up by A J Hoge. Learn new things with your children and get excited about it. If your children join in and have fun while learning, give them lots of praise.
Live the Dream
Many parents tend to dull children’s passions because they feel it won’t lead them anywhere or they won’t have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. If your child is into basketball or ballet, let them enjoy it. Allowing a child to indulge in their passions will often lead to them excelling at school. You may not find that your child has a passion for mathematics, but allowing him to play football may relieve the stress of having to study and understand maths.
Students often ask their teachers why they should study a certain subject. What will they need it for once they’re out in the big wide world? The answers they get are usually not what they need to hear. Make a point of telling your children why their subjects are important for them to study. Make connections will real life situations or things that could affect them in the future. For example, you may need maths to calculate monthly outgoings or apply for a mortgage. You’ll need good English skills to apply for jobs and develop interview skills.
Broaden Their Horizons
There may be things that schools are unable to teach your children but could help develop their studies. For example, travelling can show your children new things and they may come back home with a renewed motivation for their studies. After all, if they plan to live in France one day, it would help if they payed attention in French class.