The pressure for children to excel academically has never been so much as compared to the olden days. Pressure is one of the common school problems kids are facing today. Young children in kindergarten and first grade are already under the pressure of meeting the academic expectation of their parents and teachers. Such pressure had never been felt by their parents when they were children. Tons of homework, regular class tests, examinations, and tuition and enrichment classes seem to leave very little time for play.
Young children may not be aware that they are undergoing enormous pressure and hence they may not communicate their problems to their parents and teachers. If they cannot meet the expectation and continue to fail even after putting in effort, they would tend to lose their self-esteem and give up hope on themselves. And if your children lost hope on themselves, you may have to need tremendous effort to help them gain back their self-esteem.
So why not apply the tips below to help your children excelling in school. I am neither talking about enrolling your children for more tuition and enrichment classes nor drilling them everyday. Tuition and drilling may help but the additional work may add on to the unbearable pressure on them.
1. Time Management
Teach your children to plan their time properly. Except for children who are too young whom you have to plan for them, older children and teenagers should be independent enough to plan their time properly. When they have proper time management, they will spend their time wiser, so that homework and revision can be done in time leaving enough time for other activities. Naturally, their pressure will become lesser and they will start excelling in school.
2. Enough sleep
Tuck your children up early. But of course before you can do that, time has to be managed properly. Preferably, children should be in bed at a specific time at night. Studies have shown that growing children need at least 10 to 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. When a child has enough sleep, he or she will be more active and energetic to learn in school. And with fresh mind after a good night sleep, children are better in retaining information in their brains.
3. Breakfast is important
Ensure that your children have their nutritious breakfast before heading to school in the morning. If your children are sent to school without food, they can become tired easily and lose concentration, hence they may more likely to perform poorly. Beside a good breakfast, nutritious lunch should also be provided to last them for the entire day. Growing children get hungry easily and need to eat frequently. For better health and weight control, healthy meals and snacks are preferred.
4. Attitude towards learning and school
As parents, you have to make your children understand the importance of education and so, learning in school is one of the common routes towards getting educated. Educate your children and developed in them a positive attitude towards school. Positive attitude means getting up early in the morning feeling enthusiastic to get to school, to learn and to meet the teachers. When you children develop that love to learn, pressure will be gradually eliminated.
5. Be involved in your children’s learning process
Getting involved in your children’s learning process is very important. Get to know your children’s principal and teachers. Find out the latest events which are coming up in the school and if possible, volunteer to help out. With better understanding of the school’s activities, parents will be more aware of the existing problems or potential problems face by children. Thus, with better awareness, you can help to solve the problems so as to help them succeed in school.
Get to know what and how your children are doing is just one of the basic thing parents should be doing. You may not be aware but your children may be facing certain school problems and undergoing a lot of stress which leads to the dropping of grades. If they are really stress about school, apply the tips above to help them do better in school.