The Role of Parents
Recently we have attended to a couple of networking events for our tuition company. We met with many parents and professionals at the same time. I realised how stressful they are in their job also they try so hard to be a good parent. It is very tough and I decided to write about the role of parents.
Parent’s role in their children’s learning changes as their kids grow but we are always our children’s role models. Our feelings about education can inspire their own educational journey. Here are some tips for our wonderful parents!
Be a role model for learning. In the early years, parents are their children’s first teachers — exploring nature, reading together, counting together, and doing everyday activities such as cooking and shopping together. When a young child begins formal school, parents become their children’s learning coaches. Parents support their kids’ desires to learn new things in and out of school through guidance and reminders.
Pay attention to what your child loves. “One of the most important things a parent can do is notice what interests him and help him explore it. Let your child show you the way he likes to learn,” recommends Dalton Miller-Jones, Ph.D.
Practice what your child learns at school. “There may be times to review, but don’t take on the role of drill master,” states Diane Levin, Ph.D.” And when you do review it should feel as if your child wants to be a part of the practice.”
Set aside time to read together. Read aloud regularly, even to older kids. Visit local libraries or choose a series of book that your child enjoys reading and read first two chapters together.
Connect what your child learns to everyday life. Make learning part of your child’s everyday experience, especially when it comes out of your child’s natural questions. When you cook together, do measuring math. When you drive in the car, count license plates. When you turn on the blender, explore how it works together. Have give-and-take conversations, listening to your child’s ideas instead of pouring information into their heads.
Help your child take charge of his learning. “We want to keep children in charge of their learning and become responsible for it,” says Dalton Miller-Jones, Ph.D. “We want them to be responsible for their successes and failures, show them how engaging learning is, and that the motivations for learning should be the child’s intrinsic interests, not an external reward.”
Don’t over-schedule your child. While you may want to supplement school with outside activities, be judicious about how much you let or urge your child to do. Kids need free time as much as they may need to pursue after school activities or tuition.
Keep TV to a minimum as it reduces creativity. Learning something new yourself is a great way to model the learning process for your child. Show your child what you are learning and how you may be struggling. You’ll gain a better understanding of what your child is going through as she observes you studying.
I hope this blog post is useful and you all have a nice rest of the week!
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