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How You Respond To Your Kids Can Largely Affect Their Range Of Experience

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How You Respond To Your Kids Can Largely Affect Their Range Of Experience

Why do some children have varying levels of experience? The answer is quite possibly the varying ways in which they were interacted with throughout their lives. How parents respond to children might well be the most important factor in a child’s range of practice, and recent studies have shown that experiences provide more happiness for the human mind than possessions.

Children can view themselves in specific ways in response to certain situations. They gather ideas about how to act and interact, and what to do and not to do, when being responded to. They will set boundaries for themselves depending on the outcome of these interactions and learning experiences. Negative responses can lead to strict boundaries which inhibit them from pursuing a range of experiences.

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For example, a child finds a seashell on the beach where they have been exploring and brings it back to show their parent because they think it is beautiful. The parent then replies with “That is dangerous! You are naughty for going there!” and scolds the child instead of acknowledging the child’s intention. The child then feels ashamed, disappointed, and angry about it all. They might then be much more cautious or conservative with reaching out to people or having the same excitement. They also might begin to rebel and do more dangerous things in response to criticism. We should instead be encouraging happiness and excitement and allowing them to feel safe and expand their confidence with new things. If they have been doing something dangerous, we could sit them down later on and explain to them why the situation was a danger to them, rather than shutting them down initially.

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Experiences are key to our personal fulfilment, and it is important to try to have access to as many different ones as is humanly possible. It is an enormous benefit to our education and therefore to our quality of life. If we encourage our children and pay attention to their development, they can happily and confidently approach new situations and broaden their understanding, thus leading to a more well-rounded and positive existence.

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Last Updated on January 5, 2022

How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

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How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

Children are most likely to say that they want to just lounge around or rest for a while after spending hours listening to lecture after lecture from their teachers. There is nothing wrong with this if they had a rough day.

What’s disturbing, is if they deliberately stay away from schoolwork or procrastinate when it comes to reviewing for their tests or completing an important science project.

When it seems that it is becoming a habit for your child to put off school work, it’s time for you to step in and help your child develop good study habits to get better grades. It is important for you to emphasize to your child the importance of setting priorities early in life. Don’t wait for them to flunk their tests, or worse, fail in their subjects before you talk to them about it.

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You can help your children hurdle their tests with these 7 tips:

1. Help them set targets

Ask your child what they want to achieve for that particular school year. Tell them to set a specific goal or target. If they say, “I want to get better grades,” tell them to be more specific. It will be better if they say they want to get a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Having a definite target will make it easier for them to undertake a series of actions to achieve their goals, instead of just “shooting for the moon.”

2. Preparation is key

At the start of the school year, teachers provide an outline of a subject’s scope along with a reading list and other course requirements. Make sure that your child has all the materials they need for these course requirements. Having these materials on hand will make sure that your child will have no reason to procrastinate and give them the opportunity to study in advance.

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3. Teach them to mark important dates

You may opt to give them a small notebook where they can jot down important dates or a planner that has dates where they can list their schedule. Ask them to show this to you so you can give them “gentle reminders” to block off the whole week before the dates of an exam. During this week, advise your child to not schedule any social activity so they can concentrate on studying.

4. Schedule regular study time

Encourage your child to set aside at least two hours every day to go through their lessons. This will help them remember the lectures for the day and understand the concepts they were taught. They should be encouraged to spend more time on subjects or concepts that they do not understand.

5. Get help

Some kids find it hard to digest or absorb mathematical or scientific concepts. Ask your child if they are having difficulties with their subjects and if they would like to seek the help of a tutor. There is nothing wrong in asking for the assistance of a tutor who can explain complex subjects.

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6. Schedule some “downtime”

Your child needs to relax from time to time. During his break, you can consider bringing your child to the nearest mall or grocery store and get them a treat. You may play board games with them during their downtime. The idea is to take his mind off studying for a limited period of time.

7. Reward your child

If your child achieves their goals for the school year, you may give them a reward such as buying them the gadget they have always wanted or allowing them to vacation wherever they want. By doing this, you are telling your child that hard work does pay off.

Conclusion

You need to take the time to monitor your child’s performance in school. Your guidance is essential to helping your child realize the need to prioritize their school activities. As a parent, your ultimate goal is to expose your child to habits that will lay down the groundwork for their future success.

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