New beginnings are always just that new beginnings. For some that can be a disaster for others it is an opportunity for change and a new start. Parents are the driving force for their children’s success and this new school semester year, this new beginning, this opportunity for change is a juncture to cement success.
Take these actions below for your child’s success:
1. Set up a buddy system with your child’s school
Make it a point to attend parent teacher conferences and any school meetings. Take time to introduce yourself to the principal, staff and all the teachers connected with your child’s education. Parents with long hours should reach out to the school via email and or phone. NO excuses, this action will send a clear message that your child’s education is top priority.
2. Establish a routine with your child
Set a routine of checking and verifying information obtained from the school. Set a routine coupled with a schedule and you child will have a clear perspective of your expectations.
3. Establish good learning habits
Habits are developed by scheduling homework and study times daily, weekly and on the weekends. Set guidelines for time of study and play.
4. Teach your child the importance of having good organizational skills
Without good organization skills better learning habits, scheduled work, and allotted quite time will have no value.
5. Get your child academic or any help as needed
Help can come in any shape or size but it will not come unless you invite it in. Do not be an ostrich with its head in the sand when it comes to your child’s weakness. Take it all in mind and explore the best support needed to strengthen your child’s academic abilities.
6. Schools have special programs use them.
The school’s programs are in place for a reason and that is to help you and your child. Use them.
7. Get your child a mentor
Your voice it the one that your child hears 365 days a year. It is potent when he hears another voice promoting your aspirations. There should be various mentoring programs in your community and church. If not, ask a professional you know and trust to mentor your child.
8. Hug your child a minimum of 3 times a day. Parents with teenagers this might be difficult but do it. Never underestimate the power of your hug, it sends a strong message of love.
9. Speak positive honest affirmation to your child
Never lie to your child about his abilities, acknowledge his weaknesses but assure him with hard work and commitment it can be overcome.
There are many other corrective actions that could be implemented this semester year but these are strong starters. Happy new semester year and happy learning.