The course begins and our children get into the study routine. Perhaps we have already begun to detect the first signs of attitudes that they showed in the past year: laziness or reluctance when it comes to doing homework and studying. Or maybe we just want to avoid previous mistakes or improve the results of the previous course. Anyways What can we do to encourage children's desire to study?
One of the fundamental bases for our son to feel comfortable studying, to encourage children's desire to study, is organization. Children always need to know what they are going to do. This gives them confidence because it makes the next steps to be taken predictable, therefore, they feel protected and confident. So make sure she has a schedule for the time she will spend studying each afternoon, including after-school activities. Help him do it in a realistic and stress-free way.
Once you've done that, see together that you have enough space for everything you need. It is important that what you put in your schedule can be accomplished, as it will give you a positive sense of accomplishment. Also look at the time for rest after classes, snacks and games or recreation. Remember that it is a boy and needs to play. Play is a fundamental part of their cognitive and emotional development.
2. Support in difficulties
Every time we accompany our child in the face of a study difficulty, we are helping him to build, step by step, the ladder of his self-esteem, as well as to build the railing of his capacity for self-improvement. Because self-esteem also includes the ability to successfully overcome obstacles. And our support is essential to achieve it.
When he tells us something like "I can't handle these math problems, they are very difficult", we can sit down with him for a few minutes and talk about what is going through his mind. In these difficult times our children need to know that they have our attention and support. We can put aside everything we are doing, our phone or any other matter and listen to your doubts, your words of overwhelm.
We let him know that we are with him or her to see together what solutions we can find. It is not that we are going to solve everything, since it often happens that he or she has the keys to the solution, and that is why it is important to listen carefully to everything they tell us. Recently a teenage high school student told me about how this year at the beginning of the course she had a lot of difficulty with mathematics, unlike last year, which was easy for her. When we talked about what she could do, she herself told me that her teacher insisted that the students ask their questions during recess; it was an extra possibility that he was offering them that she was not using. So our conversation clarified that he should take that help as soon as possible.
In our educational work as parents, it is useful to always convey that the difficulties are minor when we talk about them and express what concerns us. Putting it into words clarifies our ideas, and from there it is easier to find solutions. You can take the opportunity to talk with your child about what has been difficult for you in your work or in your daily chores and how with this personal clarity along with your determination, you have managed to solve it. Your support and your example will be the best impetus to continue successfully in their studies and feel the attraction to do their best.
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