With the school year well on its way by now, both parents and children start feeling some anxiety creeping in. On one hand, we’re getting used to the company of friends, laughter and adventure, while on the other, there is an increasing amount of homework and studying. But, opportunities are still here, and it’s important to focus on the possibilities that now stand before us. If we stay positive and decide to work hard, we’re bound to come on top. For kids and parents aiming to make the best of school and education, here are a few tips to make this year your most successful one.
Stay connected with friends
For kids, their classmates are what makes getting up in the morning easier. Their friends are always there to help out, to share the burden of fretting over an upcoming test, to discuss how well they did on a pop quiz, and to hang out with them after the classes are done. Some of these friendships are incredibly close bonds that teach children how to respond to social situations and build their emotional intelligence. For parents, it’s important to help their children nurture these friendships, and build friendships of their own with other parents. Having a network of people with whom you can exchange tips and tricks, and find support in tougher times is going to be of great help. Why not organize a party, and give the kids a chance to have fun, and parents a moment to bond?
Develop learning strategies
If you’ve had issues with certain subjects last year, you should use this year to develop a strategy to avoid that, especially now that the workload is mounting. English or mathematics giving you a headache? Good, you know that these are your weak spots, and just knowing this will give you an advantage. Children and parents should consult each other and decide on the best course of action. Finding an experienced high school tutoring centre can potentially save your grade, so it’s definitely something to consider. If you find a way to deal with your problem subjects early on, you might actually end up liking them a lot more than you did before.
Plan for after-school activities
While school provides a lot of education, it can’t cater to all our needs, nor should we expect that of it. Are you interested in basketball? Spanish classes? Ballet? Then nurture those interests and dedicate some time to developing the kind of skills that your school doesn’t offer. Parents should always encourage children, and help them learn how to organize their time so they could balance their school work with their personal time. Kids need to learn how to deal with this early on, because stress management and time management are two of the most valuable skills a person can have when seeking a job, or applying for college later on.
Always make sure there is enough free time
Kids who are constantly swamped with obligations and deadlines have a tendency to do badly at school. It’s important to have a proper sleep cycle and to occasionally have a day off for the weekend, when they don’t have to study or do anything school-related. However, the best way to achieve that are the aforementioned organizational skills, but also not waiting for the obligations to pile up doesn’t hurt either. Do your work on time and you’ll actually get to enjoy yourself a lot more.
Find new role models
Role models can inspire us to do either great, or terrible things. Who you admire says a lot about you, so it’s important to introduce your child to people who can help them become better, kinder people. From modern icons such as “the Afghan folk hero” Malala Yousafzai, and the “Cosmos” creator Neil DeGrasse Tyson, to men and women of history – Leonardo Da Vinci, Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, Alexander the Great, and many, many more. Boys and girls need to learn how to be brave, fierce and unrelenting. Learn about people who worked hard and changed the world, and any problem you face at school will become much easier to deal with.
The most important thing to remember for this school year is to stay positive. Don’t give way to worry and stress, but do plan ahead and keep finding new things to get excited about. We wish you luck and hope you do well.
A big shoutout to Claire Adams for this awesome post! Everyone knows that being in school can be on of the most stressful times in one’s life. So let’s make sure that we can make it as smooth as possible for the kids so that they can look back and see the awesome memories they created!
Claire is a personal and professional development expert who believes that a positive attitude is one of the keys to success. You can find her online writing and giving tips about lifestyle and development as a regular contributor at highstylife.com.
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