We do not need to all be trained teachers in order to support our children educationally. A lot of the support that we can offer our children as parents is emotional, it is helping them to understand their own strengths and interests and it is about giving them plenty of opportunities to grow and thrive. There is so much that we can do for them, and today we want to share with you 3 ways to support your child educationally.
Understand the importance of family time
This one cannot be underestimated. Family time plays a huge role in your child’s life educationally and emotionally.
They can learn so much when spending time with you. It might be a fun and educational day out or it might be a cosy bedtime with a story. It might be a family board game session or perhaps you will travel as a family.
Quality time spent with your children is invaluable to their learning experiences. They should feel loved, respected and valued, which in turn will empower them and fill them with confidence in their endeavors.
Give them as many opportunities as you can
Whilst your children are young, they are still getting a sense of themselves and the things that they enjoy doing. This is the time to give them as many opportunities as you possibly can. Expose them to a huge variety of activities and input to see which ones capture their interest and their hearts.
This might take the form of extra curricular activities and clubs, or perhaps they will get involved with you and some of your hobbies. They should have books aplenty to dip into and regular trips to the library will allow them to read up on anything that interests them. Spend time searching for answers on the internet to the topics that have sparked questions from them.
In these early years children are receptive to trying new things, and there are so many things out there in the world that could become their passion.
Be guided by your children
As their interests start to develop, they will begin to form ideas about what they might want to do during and after school. It is important that we listen to these ideas and offer our guidance and experience.
For example, if your child is asking you ‘What are the best traditional music colleges?’ then you know that they are toying with pursuing performing arts more seriously. If this is the case, get involved and help them with their research. Help them to ask all of the right questions of themselves and their passions, rather than imparting your own opinions. Ask them to think about the pros and cons, the things that make them happy, the areas that they struggle with, any obstacles that they can see and so on.
Your job here is to guide your child and help them to reach their own decision. They need to know that you trust in them to reach their own conclusions, but that you are there if you need them.