How Parents Can Help Their Child Succeed in School

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As students and parents, there are many things we want to get right. We want our children to be happy, healthy, and successful—and we want to give them every chance to achieve their goals and dreams, no matter what they may be. Whether you’re raising a high schooler or an elementary school student, it’s important to lay the foundation for your child’s success early on in life—and that begins with parenting tips to help your student succeed both in and out of the classroom.

It’s easy to worry about your child’s success at school—and you should. You know that their grades can influence their future, so you want to make sure they get the best education possible and have every opportunity to succeed as adults.

Studies show that students who involve their parents in their studies perform better and have better grades than those who don’t. The habits formed at home often stay with students throughout college and into adulthood. As a parent, you may think your kids know more than you about certain subjects.

But if you keep yourself involved in what they’re learning, you can provide them with an extra layer of support when they need it most—and help get them out of tough spots. If you’re looking for ways to support your student’s success throughout the year, check out these six parenting tips from experienced parents and teachers that can help you keep your children on track and achieve their academic goals.

Don’t Overdo It

Kids need a lot of sleep, and if they’re tired or overextended, they’re going to have a hard time learning—and so will you. Make sure your child’s not over-scheduled. If you’re exhausted, it’s difficult to focus on anything at all. Overworking your kids can lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. They need to take care of themselves physically to take care of themselves mentally.

Create Rules for Technology Use

Parents, you have a lot of say in how and when your child spends time with technology. You can help them establish firm ground rules for technology usage and even determine which sites they’re allowed to visit or games they’re permitted to play. Before setting these restrictions, however, be sure that your kids understand why you’re making these choices. If you make any sort of punishment contingent on them obeying these guidelines, make sure it fits their infraction.

Encourage a Positive Atmosphere

Children have a tough time concentrating and staying focused when they feel overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed out. It’s natural for you as a parent to feel anxious when your child heads off to college—but try not to let it seep into your interactions with them. You don’t want your anxiety to cause them stress and anxiety too. When it comes down to it, you need their trust to grow up into happy, healthy adults.

Model Appropriate Behavior

The best way to prepare your student for life after college is by setting a good example. Be sure to set aside some time every day to study, and show them how much it means to you—they’ll follow suit. Plus, if they see their parents regularly hitting send on emails and doing other work-related tasks while they are still in school, they will understand that even when they graduate. You are their best teacher — if you want them to reach their potential academically, there is no better role model than you.

Make School Visits Part of Your Routine

Whenever you visit your student, don’t be afraid to ask how they’re doing. Ask about their teachers and classwork, but also check in with them on a personal level. Are they eating well? Sleeping enough? Exercising? If you see they struggle in any of these areas, suggest solutions that may help them out—and take notes.

If your kids are at daycare, talk with their teachers, and then spend some quality time together talking about how they felt their day went and what they’re looking forward to in life. Choose a good daycare center that lets you visit anytime and has teachers that look after your kids. A big part of parenting is paying attention — and it’s easier than ever before. Ask your child’s teachers if they can text or email you any important updates throughout the school year; most will be happy to oblige.

Share in the Fun

Involve your child in their schoolwork. The parent-child relationship is a special one, so why not use it to encourage and motivate your child? Letting your child see that you’re invested in their success can inspire them to push harder and do better. If they don’t enjoy what they’re learning, then let them pick another subject of interest for you to explore together. As long as the school isn’t a chore, students will be more eager to participate.

Don’t be afraid to fail. It’s okay if you don’t achieve all your goals—because that means you at least tried. Remember, every experience is an opportunity for growth and learning. The more options you give yourself, especially those that make you uncomfortable, the stronger and more confident you become.

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