As a parent, one of the things that you are probably concerned with in the life of your child is his or her academic success, or lack thereof. Getting good grades doesn’t have as much to do with how intelligent your child is as it does with things such as discipline, motivation and comprehension. There are many extremely smart children who are far from straight A students and there are also kids that are not as naturally intelligent that are getting good grades. Parents whose children are getting those good grades that are sought after are typically those who are doing things to encourage their children to get them.
One of the best ways to encourage your child to get good grades is to get involved with their education yourself. Parents are often very busy people, especially those who have to work outside of the home and then come home and take care of their responsibilities there after an already full day. It can seem almost impossible to fit in more obligations and tasks, but doing so will increase your child’s success in the classroom exponentially.
There is almost always something that you will be able to do which gets you involved in the school, the classroom or one of the many things that can be done after school hours to help out. You may be able to monitor a lunch and/or recess period once or twice per week on your lunch hour. You may be able to help out with field trips or class parties, if you can’t commit to a regularly scheduled event. You can even volunteer to do things at home, such as making posters or grading papers, and your child will still see that you are involved with his or her academic life. There are probably more opportunities to get involved than you realize, so talk to someone at the school and see what you can do to help out.
When you are involved with the school as a whole or your child’s classroom, in particular, the school staff will see this and appreciate your time and effort. This can have another positive effect on your child’s grades. While this won’t (hopefully) get your child grades that he or she doesn’t deserve, it will often give the teacher encouragement to help your child when a difficulty comes up with the coursework. The teacher usually won’t be intentionally paying more attention to your child, but it does happen because of the relationship that you have with the class and/or the school.
There are other ways that you can encourage your child to get better grades, as well. You can offer them incentives, from money to privileges, which will have them craving the good grades so that they will get the incentive. Yes, learning is its own reward, but young people don’t always realize that at the time that they are getting their educations. What they do understand are tangible rewards that they can be working for.
Helping your child with homework and projects, as well as studying for upcoming tests, is another way to assist them in getting good grades. Not only can you help your child with the actual work that needs to get done, but you can also help by staying aware of what is due and when, so that you can remind your child to get assignments done and turned in on time. This will often prevent them from getting a percentage or a set number of points deducted for the tardiness of the work.
Your child’s grades in school will have several effects on his or her life. Grades will either build or tear down self-image and confidence. They can also determine how many extra-curricular activities your child is allowed to do with the school. Obviously, grades have an effect on future educational opportunities, such as college grants, scholarships and even acceptance. Good grades come naturally and easily to some children, but not for the majority. As a parent, it is up to you to help your child to achieve the grades that will enhance his or her present and future as much as possible.