How can parents contribute to their child’s learning?
Being a parent is difficult and no less than a full-time job. You need to take care of your child, their academics, hobbies, interests, and everything that concerns your child. They imbibe your values and ethics that shape their moral character. Below, are mentioned some ways in which you can contribute to your child’s learning and strengthen your relationship with them.
1. Talk, Teach & Time- It is essential to implement the 3T’s. Talk to your child about topics they are not comfortable with. Make them comfortable. Teach them discipline, and basic skills like cooking and art. Share current affairs or read news with them. Give them time. Listen to what they are saying. Read between the lines. Take them to public places for a walk, show them documentaries online or play games with them.
2. Reward- Make study rewarding for them. Teach them the joy of learning. Inspire them with goals- Teach them what good grades can do and how can studying empower them to do anything in the future.
3. Focus on skills, interests, and hobbies- Extra-curricular activities are as important as studying. Understand what your child likes, enroll them in a science camp if they like experimenting, or an abacus class if they are good with calculations. Teach them to question everything and learn something new every day.
4. Think out of the box- Children are not easy to deal with. It requires patience and constant learning for the parent to be able to cope with them. Try and implement new ideas to make them study. Use flashcards, sticky notes, or personalized study material to boost their concentration and engagement. Be a mentor, coach, and guiding figure for them.
Remember, children today are different. Being violent, passing tantrums and lack of empathy will distance you from your child. Understand their problem, talk to them, and make them comfortable and the relationship between you and your child will be stronger than ever.