Right, go to school, get good grades, and when you are old enough, apply to a Russell Group university. God, if only it were that simple! The sad truth is that kids don’t like the idea of going to school and studying. Even as they get older and more mature, they would rather skive and spend the day with friends or play on their Playstation. Although they must have a level of responsibility, it is also up to the parents to step in and guide them in the right direction. After all, if you can’t trust them to take care of the future, who can you trust? Here are a few of the ways to safeguard their education as a parent.
Be A Role Model
The idea that footballers and pop stars are role models is, frankly, ridiculous. These people have no qualifications and zero desire to inspire young girls and boys. Nope, it’s the parents’ job to set an example their kids will follow for years to come. It starts in the very early stages of their lives when they learn to read, write and take in information. If a mum and dad can show them how exciting it is to learn, there’s a good chance this will stay with them through high school, college and university.
Understand How They Learn
There’s a myth that some people are visual learners and others are analytical. Well, the truth is that males and females use a variety of modalities to consume data. So, don’t assume that your son or daughter is a visual learner and needs to see info on the page to grasp the concept. Instead, watch how they study and try and understand their MO. Do they like to listen to music? Are they the type of people who need space and silence? Is working with others helpful?
This sounds obvious because every parent wants their kid to be intelligent. After all, knowledge is power. However, there are always differences in opinions between mums and dads and sons and daughters. Although you have expectations, it is essential you listen to their wants and desires and factor that into any decision. For example, lots of children are desperate to move away from home for uni, so don’t pressure them into staying. Some kids rather enrol on a distance learning MBA and stay at home. A warning, though: being at home may not be as amazing as you imagine. Indeed, you might beg them to consider moving onto campus for a term or two!
Be Available Emotionally
After a while, your children’s decisions are theirs to make and theirs alone. Of course, parents still think their opinion matters, and it does in a sense. However, it isn’t the final word and you can’t make them do anything they don’t want to education-wise. Therefore, your job morphs into being a sounding board rather than making tough decisions. Whatever they do, be there to offer advice and help when things go wrong.
Being a parent is difficult because sons and daughters rely on their mums and dads for everything. Education is no different, whether it’s in the early or later stages of their lives.
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