Every parent knows the struggle of trying to get their kids to go the extra mile when it comes to studying. It doesn’t matter if they’re 8 or 18, it’s hard to convince them to study. Our schools do their part in encouraging children to study at home, but they aren’t exactly motivating our children. Part of that problem is that they just don’t enjoy learning, they haven’t matured enough to understand the joys of picking up a new skill or learning about something fascinating.
Old carrot-on-a-stick methods of motivating our children are long gone—they just don’t work. However, technology advancements and a shift in teaching mentality has helped to form new methods of encouragement to get our children to study more. Don’t persuade them with things like “if you do your homework, you’ll get an hour on the iPad”, but instead, teach them to be self-sufficient when it comes to studying.
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Bring Out Your Child’s Imagination
A healthy balance of books, video games, music, and television can help to stir the creative juices hidden in everyone—especially children. You don’t want them to sit on their video game consoles or computers for the entire evening, but you also don’t want them to be reading a maths textbook on the couch for the whole night either.
Balance these things out. When they’re still young, read them a quick bedtime story and leave it at a cliffhanger each time. Do this to keep your children guessing what happens next, stimulate their creative minds. The same goes for video games. Don’t buy them the same old children’s games, get them a mix of sports games, music games, and maybe even an action game as long as you’re supervising them.
Get Involved With Your Child’s Schoolwork
Take the time to get involved, but don’t be nosy. Ask them what they’re studying at school, and try to relate it to something you’ve done or are doing. Stimulate their minds by asking them to teach you something that they learned at school, and go through their homework with them. Be genuinely interested in what the school is teaching your children, and stay in the loop to help them out.
Is your child working on an art project? Give some advice and teach them how to be inspired. Are they studying for entry exams? Get them on a course like IELTS Manchester and go through the papers with them. Do they have an upcoming sports match? Practice with them (if possible) and converse with them about how they feel about the game, and always attend their practice as well. If they’re having a tough time, you need to support them in any way you can.
Focus On Their Strengths and Develop Their Talents
Don’t force your child to learn something they aren’t interested in. Explore different options, take your child to different places every weekend and see what areas they excel at. Is your child drawn to music? Perhaps get them an instrument and have them study the history of some artists. Does your child like sports? Sign them up for a local club to one of their favourite sports so they can meet new friends and practice. Is your child on the computer a lot? Perhaps register them for an I.T course. Lead your child to the different paths in life they can take, but never force them to walk down it.