Role of Parents in Child’s Learning
Learning is a continuous process. It continues lifelong. And as most experts would agree, it requires a positive attitude towards learning, the seeds of which are sowed during the earliest stages of an individual’s life – when they are still a child. But the responsibility lies not just with the child or just the teachers, an active contribution from parents is a must.
Parents are responsible for every detail of their young children, irrespective of how small or significant that detail is. They are the ones to guide their children with every little thing, be it potty training, eating fruits and vegetables, wearing clothes, learning to walk, etc. But when the kids are finally old enough to go to school, the parents take a sigh of relief, handing off the responsibility to someone else. However, that is not the end. As a parent, your role is much bigger and almost lifelong. As per National PTA, parental involvement in education leads to greater student success and increased confidence.
If you feel clueless as to how to contribute to your child’s learning, we have a few tips. Take a look at them below.
- Show them you care about their education: The easiest way to do so is by being present at their school whenever possible, volunteering for activities planned for parents, attending parent-teacher meetings, etc. As a parent, you have to find the balance between your work life and your personal life to find some space to dedicate towards your child and his/her education. The objective is to show your children that you care about their education — and that it’s important enough to deserve their attention.
- Get involved with their academics: Every child is unique and has a different learning ability. While some might excel in their academics with flying colours, others might struggle. If that is the case with your child, you must take an interest in their academics, provide support or find outside help if they notice a child is struggling. For instance, you can enrol your child in Kumon learning programmes. These learning programmes are designed to identify your child’s unique learning abilities and nurture them, turning them into independent learners. Taking a genuine interest in your child’s academic life also enables parents with an opportunity to build connections, share their excitement and success, and help them through their disappointments.
- Help them keep a positive attitude towards education: It is very common for children to get bored with their school and not wanting to attend classes anymore. Amidst such circumstances, parents need to help their children maintain a positive attitude towards education – and there are more ways to do it. Cracking down at them or passing the angry look might seem like a good idea, maybe even helps by sending them to school once or twice, but there are other ‘better’ ways. A good way to start is by sitting with them while they are doing their homework/ worksheet, helping them, telling them it’s okay to fail, how to react to failure, and be there for them no matter what.
- One-on-One talks: Pep talks are a good way to boost confidence and self-esteem, be it in the case of adults or children. Experts suggest that one-on-one communication between parents and their children is crucial. The parents need to indulge in conversations, understand the problem their children are facing, and provide guidance and advice, and discuss solutions. Even otherwise, a heart-to-heart talk between parents and children can be the much-needed boost children need.
- Be a role model: Parents are and will always remain the first and most important teachers for their children. And thus, the parents need to be the role model they want their children to follow. It is their responsibility to show them how everything they learn is exciting and useful, and help them manage their time while striking a balance between recreation and learning.
Summing up, as parents, there’s a long list of things you need to worry about when it comes to raising your children. Determining the best ways to support your child in their education is one of them. Give our expert tips a try and let us know what worked for you and what didn’t.