Set aside at least 30 minutes, devoted to "family brain cell development." During this time, there should be no TV, video games, computer games, etc.
Model your own excitement for learning by reading a book, writing letters, etc.
Your child may learn by doing their homework, reading about something they love, writing stories, etc.
Some parents make the mistake of forcing help upon their kids. This only creates frustration, anger, and kids who believe they can't learn without their parents' help.
When either you or your child gets frustrated or angry, learning becomes associated with frustration and anger.
This ensures that your child continues to believe that it's important to pay attention to teachers.
Unfortunately, some kids learn that it's best to "tune–out" at school and let their parents do all of the teaching at home.
Some children believe they can only learn something, or "get it," when an adult is in the same room…or is guiding them every inch of the way.
To prevent this dependency, avoid falling into the habit of sitting at the table as your child does their homework, especially when they are on the brink of learning something new.
THE CARDINAL RULE FOR HELPING: Never Work Harder Than Your Child.
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