Kids are amazing, they have an affinity for the most playful activities like building Lego towers or cycling endlessly through the long summer afternoons; but when it comes to making them sit for their homework there is a list of excuses that their creative brains effectively churn out in seconds.
A universal question which literally haunts the parents of some kids is ‘How to keep your kid interested in studies?’
Well, the answer lies not in the fact that you force your child to get good grades and surpass others in the class; the passion for learning comes from developing a love for knowledge in their hearts. Kids will naturally tend to do things that amuse them the most; so don’t complain if you find your child constantly avoiding his Maths homework! The key towards making them really inclined towards studies is to make them realise how interesting it is to practice Mathematics, or to understand the concepts of Science.
Expose your child to a variety of interactive activities that have a connection with their studies. Working models of Scientific phenomenon, counting and multiplying with the help of tangible objects etc are a few ways to make the whole process a lot more interesting.
Another responsibility that you have as parents is to keep your child away from distractions while they are trying to concentrate on their lessons. Make your House-rules and allot No-TV hours to make sure when your child sits down to concentrate, there is nothing distracting him from their studies.
Children love rewards, or even awards! An excellent way to motivate your child to excel at studies is to promise them some exciting goodies when they finish their assigned studies. You can even get little trophies made out exclusively for your kid to show off later at school! A blend of creativity and excitement in your parenting skills will keep your child really on the track.
One should be aware of the fact that studies are not only limited to completing homework and mugging up for tests, it stretches far beyond that. Parents have a great impact on making their kids aware of the connection between what’s written in their books and the real world. If your child realises that the weird funny facts that he reads in his textbook are actually occurring natural phenomenon or the dinosaurs he reads about are actually displayed in 3-D at the museum; he’ll naturally feel bent towards discovering more about the stuff he studies at school.
Kids have a tough time adjusting to the routine of school and the burden of assignments and projects, so it’s the responsibility of the parents to make sure that their child enjoys the whole learning experience. It will be difficult only at the start; once you’ve successfully sparked the flame of curiosity and understanding in your child’s brain, there wouldn’t be a stopping to it. Your little motivation, assistance and infliction of positivity might do wonders for your child. Remember every kid is a powerhouse of talent, what you as parents have to do is to channelize that untapped talent!