Sometimes kids will just coast by in school doing the bare minimum to keep their teachers of their backs. This was pretty much my attitude during school and it’s one that I did not want my kids to have. I not only wanted them to do better than I did in school, but I wanted them to actually want to do good in school. I can spend an hour helping with their homework, but if they do not really care about it what is the point? So I have over the years been trying to get them to see school as something good and help them want to take it serious and do well. Here are a few tips to help you get your children to want to do good in school.
Make School As Positive As Possible
Keep communicating with your child about their school life. Show a genuine interest and ask them what sort of things they have been learning about and when they tell you, make it a point to say things like “that is cool”, “that is interesting”. This will hopefully motivate them to want to learn more. When you talk to your kids about school it’s actually pretty easy to find the subjects they care about and the ones that they do not. They will actively talk about the ones they find interesting and either say nothing or complain about the ones they do not like.
Help Them See The Big Picture
Now in my case my eldest son hated math with a passion. He would ask me a whole bunch of questions about why he had to do things like algebra, find the area of a triangle and other such things. The worst part was I did not have a genuine answer. But the way I got through to him was by saying that even I agreed with him that in the grand scheme of life these things were not important. The fact of the matter is you need to learn and understand this stuff to pass the class as a whole. It was like a light bulb went off over his head and he then was more open to actually working and getting through the class. So if your child say does hate just open aspect of a class and its making them lose interest in the class as a whole, help them see that this is just a small part they need to do in order to get the grade.
Reward For Good Grades
We live in a society these days where it seems like more and more schools seem to focus on the kids who are misbehaving 99 percent of the time, but when they do one thing right, they are thrown a parade. This is great for those kids and it can help them get on track. But the kids who do good all the time can get lost in the shuffle and be taken for granted. I strongly believe that if your reward good grades, then that motivates them to do well in school. This to me is not bribery at all. What this is, is showing your child that if they work hard then they will reap rewards for the hard work. It’s an attitude that will serve them well in all aspects of their schooling and in their adult life as well.
Relate School Work To Other Things
My son played basketball so I would use basketball as a way to relate to him about school. For example he had trouble in his history class, but he was not willing to put the time in and study properly. I told him it was like when he was having trouble with his shooting in basketball. He would spend ages practicing in our driveway to get better. I told him that school was no different and the more you worked at it the easier that it would get.