Being a parent is not always easy or laid-back, and parents have to fill many roles. Parents must be their biggest fans, coach, and also a teacher. Some of these extra roles can be fun and great bonding time. Other situations can strain the growing relationship with a child. Not every child loves to learn, and it can take a lot of patience to get through any school work at home. Learning needs to carry on into the house. Here are some ways to do it without straining your parent-child bond.
Being involved in your child’s schooling is more than just reminding them to do their reading or any homework they have. Stay in the room with them and let them read to you. Then you can talk about the books they are reading. Sit with them while they work through their homework to be there the moment they have any issues. In the younger grades, stay in touch with the teachers to be informed on what is expected. The more involved you are, the more willing your child will be when they know it is one on one time with their parent. Knowing you care will increase their interest.
Make learning fun by creating a space that is comfortable and functional. This space could easily be the kitchen table if it is located without distractions. Those with space could create a desk space that they will look forward to going to each day and continue their learning. One option that is becoming popular is height adjustable desk. After sitting all day, they could be more comfortable standing while they finish any homework. These desks give them the option, and it can change with their mood.
Find ways to make it more enjoyable. How to make it fun will depend on what your child enjoys. An option would be to prepare a special snack or drink that they love when you work on school work together. Playing games to learn or as a special time after homework could be motivation. Anything that makes the time spent on school less painful is a great idea. The precious time we spend with our children learning should not be full of stress. The more times you spend happily working, the more willing they will be to continue.
Structure can be a fantastic benefit to a child’s life. It can help them accomplish so much. Being too rigid with your struggle could become an issue. There are days that we all need a break from the schedule. As long as it is not becoming a trend, surprise them with a day off when you can tell they need it. It will mean so much more if you notice it before they ask or complain to get out of studying. The most important thing is maintaining a bond throughout their schooling years.
Create a better relationship with your child through taking an interest and learning together.