Homework Tips: 5 Ways To Help Your Child With Their Homework

 

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There are plenty of parts of being a parent that are harder than others. One thing that is particularly difficult is to get your child to do their homework.  Most likely, they have had a long day at school.  As a result, the last thing they want to do is more school work.

However, doing homework is incredibly important.  So, how can you encourage and help your child with their homework? Here are 5 homework tips that you can try out for yourself:

Don’t Try to Multi-task

When you are helping your child with their homework focus  on that particular task. There are plenty of parents who will try and help while they are cooking, making tea or  ironing clothes.  However, this may take your focus away from the homework and lead to confusion for both of you.

Google If  You Don’t Know

It can be a little embarrassing if you simply don’t know how to help your child.  So, rather than muddling through and frustrating your child,  utilize the tools that you have at hand.  For example, Google. It isn’t cheating, it is making sure that you get to the right answer.

Know When to Get Them Extra Help

It can be hard to admit, but sometimes it becomes apparent that your child needs more help with their homework that you can’t give. This means that you may need to speak to a tutor or your child’s teacher for additional help. This is a much better idea than trying to pretend that everything is going okay.

Pick the Right Place To Do Homework

There is no point trying to get your child to focus on their homework with the rest of the family around and the TV on. Instead, you need to head to a place where the distractions are at a minimum. Bedrooms with desks, at the dining room table, even out in the garden if the weather is nice. The main thing is that your child give 100% to their homework and not be distracted.

Be Patient

There is nothing more frustrating than knowing the answer to something only to find that your child doesn’t. This is particularly true if the answer is obvious or it is simple to work out. The thing to remember is that you have to stay calm. They are still learning and it can take them some time to come to grips with some aspects of their education. They will appreciate your patience and it will help to keep them calm too.

No-one wants to have to force their children to do their homework. So, if there are ways that you can make things easier, then it makes sense to try these homework tips out for yourself.

 

 

School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters

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School is back in session, and creating healthy school lunches can be daunting.  Especially, if you have a picky eater.  My grandchildren are both picky eaters.  When I’m visiting my grandchildren, I fix breakfast and lunches.  As a result, I have become a master at creating school lunch ideas for picky eaters.  My grandson has given me 5 years experience.  My granddaughter is just entering the first grade, and she is even more of a picky eater than her brother.  But, I’m no longer intimidated by “I don’t want that” or “I don’t like that.”

Also, I have found that if you involve your children in creating the lunches you can eliminate a lot of stress.  For example, take the kids to the groceries store with you.  Be sure to stay within your budget though.  The goal is to have them tell you want they want.  As a parent purchase what is healthy, but purchase a few items that they like too.  Most importantly, take a look at our school lunch ideas before you head to the grocery store.  Make a list of the school lunch ideas that you plan to purchase for your picky eater.

Becoming an expert required me to listen and pay attention.  For example, make a note of what’s left in your picky eater’s lunch bag.  Find out why they didn’t eat it.  There are times, the item wasn’t eaten because they were full from the other items.  The leftover items become an afterschool snack. Furthermore, you can eliminate an item from the menu the next time so they will eat everything.

So, for a week I had my grandson pack his own lunch.  I monitored what he was selecting, so I could make sure there was plenty on hand in the future.  I also monitored what wasn’t eaten. Most of the time, the fruit ended up being the left over. He does love bananas, so I make this particular fruit the go to for him.  But, my granddaughter loves bananas, oranges, apples and pears.

 

Main Meal Items 

  • Pepperoni Rolls
  • Bagel with Cream Cheese
  • Bagel with Peanut Butter
  • Lunchable Pizza Box
  • Ham and Cheese Rollup
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
  • Pepperoni/Salami Slices and Cheese
  • Tuna Sandwich
  • Ham & Cheese Sandwich
  • Turkey Sandwich
  • Pasta

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Celery with Ranch Dip
  • Peeled Clementines
  • Seedless Grapes
  • Celery with Peanut Butter
  • Apples with Peanut Butter
  • Banana and Strawberry Kabobs
  • Banana
  • Apple and Cheese Kabobs
  • Peach Slices
  • Carrot Sticks with Ranch Dip

Snacks

  • Pretzels and Cheese
  • Go-gurt
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Chips/Popcorn
  • Cookies/Brownies
  • Trail Mix

Water

  • Flavored Water
  • Capri Sun
  • Sunny D

school lunch ideasFurthermore, invest in a well insulated lunch bag.  Having a well insulated bag is key to implementing school lunch ideas successfully.  Nobody wants to eat foods that are supposed to be warm and they end up cold and vice versa.  Most importantly, this includes your picky eater.  That will be a perfect reason for your picky eater not to eat their lunch.

Last, you can download our School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters printable here.   You may also like 12 Picky Eater Tips.

 

 

Fall First Grade Activities for Kids

 

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Fall is around the corner.  Hot dog roast, making S’mores, pumpkin patches and gathering around the fireplace with the family will begin.  Also, it’s a great time to start gathering cold weather for everyone.  My granddaughter started first grade last month. So, I’ll be putting together lots of worksheets for her and you will get the benefit of being able to print and use them.  Be sure to subscribe if you’re interested in printables.

Helping your child count to 20 before kindergarten is great, so if you have a preschooler these activities will help them too.

 

This time of year, the leaves are turning and pumpkin patches await visit First Grade Subtract the Apples.  It also starts to get chilly and rainy.  So, we created a first grade activity pack that includes math, addition, matching, and writing pages. Also, children love to color.  We included a coloring page and a page for them to draw a face on the pumpkin.  You can download the fall first grade activity sheets here.

Additionally, we have a Kindergarten Activities pack that will help kids count from 1 – 10 and than 1 – 15. We have also created an addition math sheet that encourages children to trace the sum of the numbers.   Furthermore, you can find pumpkins in the Cutest Pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch that need to be numbered.  Also, apples from the trees in the fall.  Your little one will have to number the falling apples in another activity.  Download the fall kindergarten activity sheets here.

Be sure to subscribe so you can receive other educational printables for kids.  You may also like Fall Nature Hunt Game.  Another activity that excites littles ones in the fall is Halloween. Actually it is around the corner, and everyone is exciting about the scariest night of the year.

6 Tips to Make Homework Fun for Children

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Your children may illicit moans and groans when you prod them to do homework. But focusing on reading, writing and math is important for kids academically. If you’re not up for the constant battle that comes with their studies, you may want to find a more positive approach. The following are 6 tips will make homework fun for children.

Create a Fun Environment

As you’ve probably noticed throughout your own career life, work can be mind-numbingly and boring at times. Even people with the most exciting of jobs can find it difficult to focus at times. If you’re looking to instill productivity in children after a long day of school, design a creative and fun setting for your kids to work in. Busy areas of the household may hold a variety of distractions, so you want to pick the right location.

You also want to set limits on the use of technology such as smartphones and television. Include your child in the process when you’re looking for a place. You may also want to paint the room an exciting color that instills brilliance and creativity. Prepare the environment with essentials your child will need to tackle their homework. This could include a calculator, pencils, paper, scissors, pens, crayons and a stapler. If your child is assigned books to read, find a cozy chair that is comfy enough for them to peruse the literature, but won’t promote falling asleep.

Be Productive Together

It can be challenging for your child to focus on homework when you’re busy running all over the place handling laundry and other household chores. According to a maid service out of Atlanta, you can enjoy having a germ-free and spotless home every day by leaving it in the hands of the pros and still be free to work beside your child. Whether your time is spent catching up on work, personal emails, bills or planning a vacation, this time together makes it easier for your child to concentrate.

Enrich the Senses

Fidget spinners are a popular tool that engages your child’s sense of touch. It’s also a method that can ease stress and help them focus. If you’re looking to enrich your child’s other senses through learning, stress balls and white noise machines are essentials for stimulating their sense of hearing and touch. Baking cookies or a cake is another learning tool that helps hone a child’s math skills through measuring ingredients. It also engages the sense of smell. You can make learning about the body’s senses fun by placing a silk scarf over your child’s eyes and finding objects that they can touch, taste and smell. Reward them with stickers or a treat when they guess correctly.

Designate Office Hours

Your child may need assistance with their homework. While you may want to hover as they sift through their book work, set up allotted times your children can come to you with questions. This method may sound regimented, but it can prevent you from taking over their homework. It also allows them the self-esteem children need to do their own work. You can model good academic behavior by teaching them the importance of reading a book instead of watching T.V. or listening to the radio while your child studies.

Use Visual Aids

Children are visual learners, so you want them to see their progress.  Another way to make homework fun for children is to set up bulletin boards.  Yocan display work assignments and when they are due. Place encouraging messages or posters that instill positivity. Post graded work assignments both good and bad. If the homework received a good grade, this can encourage them to keep up the good work. If they received poor marks, find ways to lift their spirits, so they will do better next time.  Silly jokes and anecdotes can ease tension if your child is stressed over a test or finals.

Prepare Smart Snacks

If your child is hungry, they may be tired, unmotivated and cranky. You can provide your child with the energy they need to focus on their homework by preparing smart snacks. Allow your child to help in the preparation and choose from a list of healthy foods. Apples with nut butters provide energy. Your child may also benefit from healthy grains such as whole-grain crackers and cheese cubes or baked tortilla chips and salsa.

After your child has spent the entire day at school, motivating them to do their homework can be a difficult feat. But don’t sweat their lack of motivation. Using the above 6 strategies, you’ll be able to transform their math or vocabulary lessons into a fun adventure.  Make homework fun for children!

Prepping Your Kids for The World Of Preschool

 

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Preschool is a major milestone not just for the child, but the entire family.  If this is your first child heading to preschool, the process can be overwhelming.  There’s a combination of happiness and concern. Take into consideration that your child may be feeling the same.  For example, they may be concerned about being separated from the family for the first time. The good news is that now we live in a time where there are more resources and info than ever to help you make a smooth transition. Here are a few to keep in mind: 

What Do I Need To Know?

This article assumes you have chosen a preschool that you want to visit. Be sure to do your homework and pick a place that meets the needs of your child.  Also, although everything looks good on paper, there is still going to be an unfamiliarity factor with your child.  As a result, visit the preschool with your child before it actually starts. Speak with the facility, and ask if it is possible for you to do a tour together.  Meet the teacher and tour the playground for a bit. Some preschools do a “preview visit” where parents and children in the incoming classes can meet.

Also, talk to your child during the preparatory process about what they are feeling. This doesn’t mean brushing aside their concerns with general statements like “don’t worry, you’ll love it.” Instead, actually hear what’s worrying them and use information to try and alleviate their concerns. Simply saying that you’re going to be there to pick them up or that their teacher will be nice is not enough.  Furthermore, let them know that other children have the same feelings they have. Even adults have concerns. By verbalizing this, you can also come up with suggestions to help them avoid feelings of worry. Additionally, these feelings may be nonverbal.  So, you need to be attentive to see if your child is clinging or becoming withdrawn as preschool approaches.

What Do I Need To Do

Along with talking to your child, there are also more things you can do to get ready for the new environment of preschool. While there may not be a full academic curriculum for preschool the way you may expect for other school levels, there are going to be a lot of different learning experiences and stimuli for your child.  As a result, one of the best things you can do to prepare them is give them an idea of what to expect.  One of the best options is reading children’s books about preschool, that cover potential situations in ways they understand.

Another thing you don’t want to forget is there will be a new social dynamic. This is likely the first time that your child is going to be around a large number of other children.  As a result, try to add in more children for your play dates.  This may help your child to get used to this type of interaction.  Also, if being away from you is a concern, consider having them sleep over at a place where they feel safe.  For example, their grandparents or an aunt or uncle.

Of course, there is also the logistical piece of preparation as well. Part of going to preschool means your child having a regular routine.  So, you will want to start putting the foundation together as soon as possible. This may mean getting your child ready for a bedtime earlier, practicing washing their hands before eating, addressing toileting needs, and eating at the table. As a result, set out clothes and prep breakfasts the night before.  These steps will save you a headache on those busy mornings. Be sure to check with the preschool about what your child will need to bring.  Discuss possibly bringing a transitional item from home to help them feel at ease if you feel they need it.

Preschool can seem like a daunting change for your entire family.  However, it is a time where your child begins to take the steps that will guide them into formative years. So, the best thing you can do as a parent is stay informed.  Most importantly,  prepare.  A good plan means less worries and more fun for everyone.

4 Benefits of Reading to Children

 

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Reading to children during bedtime has been a staple part of growing up. However, the activity goes beyond being a means to strengthen the ties between parent and child.  Additionally, science has proven that kids can gain a lot of benefits from the activity.

It helps them develop their vocabulary

One of the most obvious benefits of reading to children is that it helps them learn new words. According to G. Reid Lyon, at the National Institute of Child Health and Development,
reading can increase brain activity.  Specifically, it stimulates the auditory cortex, which is the part of the brain that handles language sounds. The more they become exposed to words, the quicker it will take them to process and learn them.

It helps stimulate their imagination

You might find it hard to believe that imagination can actually be measured by science, but that is exactly what a medical team from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center did.
An article on WebMD summarized the results of their research
, which revealed that reading to children helps stimulate brain activity.

The study revealed that the more time children were exposed to reading at home, the more they showed brain activity while listening to stories at the laboratory. Dr. John Hutton, who led the team, stated that this was an indication that reading to children can help fire up their imagination.  Scientists believe that early reading can help develop children’s literacy later on in life. 

 

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It helps advance their skills

In 2013,
the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research discovered that children aged 4-5 years old who read 3-5 times a week have the same reading skills of kids who are older than them by 6 months.  The older children read less than twice a week.  Furthermore, the study discovered that reading to kids 6-7 times weekly can help them become on par with those who are nearly a year older than them.

These promising results go beyond the laboratory.  The author and illustrator Nadia Shireen, who, in an interview with Tootsa, revealed that as a child, she went to the library regularly. As a result, it inspired her to pursue her profession.

Reading does not just improve children’s adeptness to words. It can even improve their mathematical skills. An article on The Guardian discussed how this could be due to the fact that reading makes kids more receptive to new ideas, enabling them to pick up skills, including involving numbers, much faster.

It teaches them coping skills

Reading can also help children learn coping skills.  Books can help children learn how to better handle difficult situations.  Additionally, books serve as a temporary escape that they can turn to in times of stress.

 

Written exclusively  for Mother2mother Blog
by So Mom, JB!

 

Simple Tips For Families To Consider For Studying Abroad

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Graduation is an exciting time in a young adult’s life.  Many head into the next stage of their life, college. While some decide whether to go to college, attend a junior college, or wait and save money, there are other options. For example, you can decide to devote one or more semesters studying abroad.  Here’s a few things that families should consider and discuss when considering studying abroad:

 You Can Make Connections

 While some parents may look at a semester away as an opportunity for a child to goof off, there are opportunities for the child to make potential business and career connections while overseas. There is no reason why the student can’t start networking abroad, and start building partnerships and relationships.

 The Time Is Now

Getting an opportunity to travel can be a once in a lifetime opportunity.  You may think that your child will have a life time to travel. Yet things happen and some never again get the opportunities they had when they were young.  Graduation, a job, marriage, and children become priorities.  Seize the moment and opportunity. It could be decades before your child gets to travel again if ever.  When it comes to studying abroad, remember that now is as good a time as ever.

 Some Things Books Can’t Teach

As parents, there are insights only gained through experience.  They cannot be found in a book or teacher lecture. Studying abroad will place your child in another land and culture.  It will take your child out of their comfort zone.  They will learn to be more independent, how to respect other people and cultures.  Additionally, they will realize that the world is a lot larger than the city and environment they are used to.  Read about what awaits them at Cambridge summer school.

 Who Will Pay Tuition

Cost is likely to be a top reason that parents won’t be receptive to their child studying abroad.  Make an agreement that the child help pay for the tuition or part of the trip.  Furthermore, some universities have work and study programs to help students balance their life while making an income. Discuss expectations of the student helping to pay for the experience.

 Show Interest in a Place

Consider how many wants and interests your child has had since they were very young.  They have grow interested and then quickly disinterested in a few things.  Have them research universities with foreign study programs, the foreign exchange rate, the language and culture of the place they where they want to study.

 Prove the Destination is Safe

There is a lot of unsettling news stemming from areas all of the globe. As parents, you may not like the idea of your child going overseas or to a certain place.  Research the intended destination, and consider if it’s safe for students to live, study, and prosper there.  Also, contact the school and ask if their is a way to contact current or previous teachers and students who have studied abroad.  They will be able to offer insight into studying abroad.

 

 

A Child’s Hobby Can Enhance Their Future

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Did you know that hobbies can be beneficial to a child’s future? First, it can be a great way for them to socialize and meet new people. They’ll be able to join clubs at school and outside of education.  For instance, if your child learns chess they’ll be able to join the school chess club.  This brings us to the next level of advancing their education.  Hobbies could be seen as a plus in the future.  Especially when colleges are considering accepting your child or even when they are thinking about applying for their first job. You always need to have their future in mind.  Speaking of the future, a hobby might also be profitable for your kid one day. So, let’s think about what hobbies might have these types of benefits attached to them.

Learn A Musical Instrument

Encouraging your child to learn a musical instrument could help them stretch their creative muscle.  If they are talented, they might be able to turn a hobby into a career.  We’ve all dreamed of our children being the next Beyonce or Taylor Swift. However, if you want something slightly more prestigious, joining the New York Philharmonic Orchestra is an option.  Children should be introduced to the idea of learning to play an instrument or sing.  Generally, most kids won’t pick up a musical instruments by themselves. However, most will love it once they get a chance to play or perform.

Collecting

In the nineties, a lot of parents scoffed when other parents spent a fortune buying their kids Pokemon Cards.  Others encouraged their children to purchase these cards with their pocket money. Who’s laughing now?  Pokemon Go has brought the craze back.  Rare cards those kids collected over the years could possibly be worth a fortune.  Collectibles don’t have to be attached to a craze.  Collectibles considered rare and valuable is an option too. For instance, you could encourage them to collect and trade rare paper notes.  Believe it or not, this could turn into quite a sizeable investment one day. Particularly, if you manage to help your child pick up a rare note like a Zimbabwe 100 trillion dollar banknote.

Youtube

YouTube  is another hobby you may want to encourage.  People are turning hobbies into money by using YouTube to sell products or creating tutorials.  You need an interesting hook and a personality, however, there are plenty of young teens doing this.  Parents should monitor their child’s online activity carefully. Furthermore, researching on-line safety and other essentials for utilizing YouTube can save you and your child from on-line predators.  Helping your child set up a Youtube account could lead to a future career.

I hope you think about encouraging your children to try some of these hobbies for themselves.

Tips For Choosing the Right School For Your Kids

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You can’t mess around when it comes to your children’s educations. It’s really vital that you pick a school that is going to give them the best capacity for learning over a long period. These are some of the factors you need to consider when choosing the right schools.

 

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The Location

Making a decision on schooling means you need to think hard about location. It’s important to choose the right school, but you also need to know what is in your area. Generally speaking you will only be able to apply to schools that fall within your area. The school needs to be reasonably accessible from where you live.  It’s important for your children to be able to make friends with kids who live locally. That’s why you need to consider the location before you choose the school.

Syllabus

Another thing you might like to consider is the syllabus that each school presents. These will probably end up being pretty much the same across the board. The government tends to set the syllabus, and the schools just teach them. However, they can choose the framework with which they present and teach the syllabus.  Some schools will have more exciting ideas than others. Think about the sort of syllabus your kid might enjoy. In fact, when you go to view some schools take your kids with you to give them a feel for what they might like.

 

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Pass Rate

The point of children attending school is to learn, study, and get the best possible grades they can. That’s why it’s useful to look at a school’s pass rate when considering whether it’s right for your child. Of course, you’re going to want to choose a school that has an impressive pass rate. Though, some institutions will excel in certain areas, and not in others. So, it’s worth thinking about what matters to you, and what is important for your kids. The pass rate is a key factor, but you have to understand it’s not the be all and end all. It’s much more important to choose somewhere based on a combination of factors.

Facilities

The facilities must always be taken into consideration. It would be best to pick a modern school that has recently been built, or undergone a major face lift.  You have to look at how strong each department is within the school. What’s the layout like? Do they have a gymnasium and sports field? Are there plenty of toilets? Most importantly, is the school as safe as it can be? Studies have proven that facilities can greatly affect student outcomes and teaching methods. So, you need to be sure you’re choosing an institution with wonderful facilities.

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Reputation

Making a decision about where to send your kids will be based a lot on reputation. Before making any life decisions, you’re going to want to do your homework.  School is such a pivotal institution in the lives of children, and can help shape their future. That’s why reputation is so important, and you’ve got to make sure you choose the school with the best reputation imaginable. That means you have to do your homework and scrutinize a school’s reputation and performance. Does it seem like the right sort of fit for your child? If the answer is yes, then it’s a good place to enroll them. If the answer is no, then you will need to look into other schools instead.

Equipment

As well as considering facilities you also need to assess the equipment the school has. Attending open house should allow you to take a tour of the school and quiz them on the equipment they have there. It’s really important to choose an institute that’s equipped to serve the needs of your children, and helping them to learn. For instance, you’re not going to want to choose a school with a shortage of classroom chairs or desks. This is going to have a negative effect on the capacity for learning.  So it’s really important that the school be well stocked and professionally run, with a focus on the children.

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Who Else Goes There?

It’s also important to consider the company your children will be keeping.  This sort of links to the point about reputation, as well as a little about location. It’s important that you know the children your kids will be interacting with. Do you have any friends who are sending their kids to a specific school? Do your children get along well with some of the kids who may be going there? It’s essential that you consider who else goes to the school you want to send the kids to. This is an important decision to make, and will help you decide on the best school for the children.

Home Schooling?

You may even make a decision that you don’t want to send your kids to any school.  Instead, you may wish to home-school them. There are a variety of reasons why parents home-school their kids. Close to 2 million American children are home-schooled, so it’s certainly a popular choice for a lot of parents. Think about whether you’re the type of person to choose distance learning for the children. There are positives and negatives to either argument.  Remember if you’re home-schooling the kids, you’re going to need to take time out to actually teach them. They aren’t going to be able to do it themselves. It’s going to be hard work for you just as much as it will be for them.

 

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Choosing the right school or learning institution for your kids is really important. They need to get the best possible education they can so they have good opportunities. That’s why it’s important to think hard about this choice and make it as carefully as you can. There are so many factors to consider when it comes to choosing a school. Hopefully, you will find this list helpful when trying to choose the right school for your kids.

It’s vital that you pick a facility that is going to give them the best capacity for learning over a long period. These are some of the factors you need to consider when choosing the right school:

 

 

Genius Children – The Dignity of Educated Parents

 

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Have you taught your kid how to make the bed? You don’t need to wait until kids grows up to start encouraging them to develop good habits. Early childhood is the moment when the educational process starts. You start by teaching your child to make their bed in the morning and collect the toys at night. That’s not to be done with a bossy attitude, though. If you make a smart approach, the child will learn that’s the right thing to do, and they are doing it for their own good. Everything can start out as a social activity – you both make the bed and have a good laugh. With time, the child will learn how to do things without your help.

“But, it’s only making the bed,” – I hear you say. “I can easily fix it for him/her!” Of course you could do that, but what does that attitude teach your child? It’s okay to leave a mess behind, because mom and dad will take care of it. That’s not the right way to teach responsibility. When you preserve your dignity throughout the educative processes, you’ll be on your way towards raising a genius child.

From then on, the education of your children will continue, and you’ll be the main medium.

The Parent as the First Teacher

You can’t expect for teachers to teach your kids everything they need to know. You’re the one who has responsibility to discover their talents, awaken their imagination, and help them take their interests further. Before you can get in the role of an educator, you have to work on your own skills and knowledge. Sounds like pure logic, doesn’t it?

These simple tips will help you accept the role of an educator as naturally as possible:

  1. Understand what it means to be a teacher

You shouldn’t understand education as instructing and directing. If that’s what your parents and teachers were doing back in your childhood, they were doing it wrong. Efficient education is more similar to leadership. When you’re trying to teach your children, you have to earn their trust. They should see you as an example of dignity, intellect, kindness, and fairness in a single character.

In a popular TED talk, conductor Charles Hazlewood explained how the trust between the conductor and the orchestra occurred. “There has to be, between me and my orchestra, an unshakeable bond of trust, born out of mutual respect, through which we can spin a musical narrative that we all believe in.”

Consider yourself as a conductor of your children’s educational processes. You will not punish them for the mistakes, but you will inspire them to get better and better by developing the bond of trust. Only when they see you as an example of the person they would want to become, they will trust you.

  1. Meaningful conversations instead of lectures

“How would you like to talk about the stars today?” That’s a nice conversation starter. Your child knows nothing about the stars, so they will love hearing some explanations. However, you mustn’t forget that they have their own ideas, so get interested to find out what they are. “What do you think they are? Why do they shine?” You’ll be surprised to hear the answers that can come out of that little head with a genius mind.

Don’t expect your kids to repeat everything they hear; they are too young and that approach would suffocate their imagination. Listen to their answers, and then give your own answers, which will be educative, but not instructional.

  1. Use online tools to boost your children’s potential

Technology has a mesmerizing power over children. That preference can go two ways:

  • Kids can either get glued down to the tablet screen playing games, or
  • They can use technology to get motivated to learn and find all answers they need.

Of course you want the second option for your kid. That’s why you need to use technology the right way, so you’ll be a great example for them to follow. Here are few tips that will help you unlock the educational potential that technology has:

  • Find interesting educational games for kids

Funbrain is a great website that gives you access to games suitable for different ages. You need to set some rules, though. You can’t allow a kid to spend an entire day playing games, no matter how educative they are. However, if you limit the time to one hour per day, your children will have fun while expanding their learning potential.

  • Use online writing tools to teach them how to write

If you’re not a great writer, you need to start from yourself. Essay writing services, such as Australian Writings, can help you on that mission. If you need assistance and instructions to understand the format of academic writing, you can set the guidelines for the paper and work together with an author to achieve great results. Then, you can transfer those skills to your children.

  1. Set some boundaries

A parent should always maintain a friendly attitude with their children. However, you have to set some boundaries. You’re the parent, and they are the kids. You can keep those boundaries by teaching proper behavior and thinking of some consequences when your children don’t respect the limits. For example, you can decrease the period of time they spend playing games on the tablet.

A genius child will keep testing your limits. You need to forgive them for such attitude because their personality is too strong. However, you should also stay consistent with the consequences, which shouldn’t be too harsh in a way that would suffocate your child’s creative spirit.

A Genius Needs Education, Too

Genius children are not always born that way. They can educated by their parents from the moment of their early childhood. A parent has the responsibility to reveal the great potential and provide proper education, which will take their kid’s natural talents in the right direction.

 

Image-Jessica FreemanJessica Freeman is passionate about teaching and journalism. She finds her calling in making others interested in topics of education, children upbringing, and academic developments. You can follow her on Facebook and Google+.