By Maureen Powers
Throughout January, YOU Parent has featured a series on making resolutions that address a child’s four core needs for success in life: social well-being, emotional well-being, physical well-being, and academic development. This piece on academic development concludes the series, but look back through the January articles for those addressing the three other needs.
Many strong families place value on learning and education. According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, one of the best gifts you can give yourself is an active mind. Modeling a lifetime approach to learning is one of the best things you can do for your children. Start the New Year off fresh by making a commitment to focus on learning and academics for the whole family. Try any of these 11 tips and see the difference it makes with your child by next year.
- Learn a new skill, take music lessons, or enroll in a dance class at the local community center.
- Sign up for college classes and work toward that degree that you have always wanted.
- Make a small library appropriate for the whole family by placing a basket of books from the public library next to the couch.
- Make a point to read in front of your children and let them know how excited you are about the news article or story.
- Read whatever your teenagers are reading and carve out time to talk about it.
- Short on time but have a long commute? Use the time to ask about school. Get over-the-seat baskets for the car and fill them with brainteasers and books.
- Download a new trivia application and play it with your children. Check out this site for free games.
- Read a book to your child that is also a movie. When you are finished reading the book, rent the movie and watch it together. Talk about the differences between the stories, and the role of an author and a screenwriter.
- Choose one school event to attend each quarter that is not a parent-teacher conference.
- Find out about your child’s life at school. Open his or her backpack every day and talk about the fliers, completed work, and homework in the pack.
- Allow your child to do homework with friends at your house. Older children will enjoy having study parties before a big exam.
Do you have tips to help your child succeed in school? Share your resolutions for modeling positive academic behavior in the comments below.