Parents role in the education of their children

Family is the first institution that a child is introduced to. A child spends most time of the early years of his life among the parents who act as the primary source of learning for the child. The overall personality development and performance of a child depends on the training they get from their parents. Those children make more scholastic achievements who gets proper attention and training from their parents compared to children neglected by their parents. There are certain things which the parents must consider for raising their children so their children can perform well in their education as well as general life. However, most parents are either unaware of the important considerations of bringing up a child or take these considerations lightly. Since family is the primary and major source of socialization for children, the parents should be aware of how to socialize their child to develop a healthy personality, to educate him and to influence him positively so he can become a productive member of society.

Let me explain some important considerations of bringing up of children which parent must know for playing their role for education as well general well-being of their children.

   Give more time and attention to your children

Parents should give more time and attention to their children particularly in the early years of their life. This means spending more time with them, playing games with them, taking interest in their activities, and discussing different things with them. This helps in the proper bringing up of children in different ways. First, this helps them in an unconscious manner to develop a healthy personality. When parents engage with their child in different activities, their child feels attached to a group of people where he sees himself as an equally valued member of that group. This way, children develop good personality traits such as jovialness, confidence in themselves and a sense of responsibility. According to Psychology, the neglected children may develop some personality disorders at a later age such as a sense of inferiority and irritative behaviour. Therefore, parents’ engagement with children is crucial for the healthy personality development of their children.

Second, when parents give time to their children this also gives them an opportunity to communicate with their children. This communication is important for letting children know what they should do and what they should not do. Parents should constantly discuss with their children about good and bad habits. Children at a very early age may find books and schools irritative for them. Parents should discuss with them about their studies in a way to help them develop a love for their studies. For instance, some good aspects of formal education should be discussed with them to enhance their interest in studies.

   Give children an environment conducive for their study

The home environment must be conducive for children’s study. If the parents can teach school-books to their children, they must do so, particularly at their lower classes. This helps their children learn effectively because they learn in an informal and friendly way. Also, help your children develop good study habits such as to manage time for their study and to complete their work on time. This instills in children a sense to take their studies seriously.

If the children are in higher classes and are able to study on their own, try to minimize things that can divert them from their study so they can study with concentration. For instance, the television must be turned off while they study. Similarly, the environment should not be stressful. There should be a good relationship between the parent as well as among the other members of the family. For instance, if there is some issue going on between the parents which cause them to quarrel more often, it would stress the child and affect his studies.  

   Encourage your children

Children require constant encouragement to perform well in their studies. The parent should motivate their children by telling them that they can achieve every goal if they work hard for it. When parents express confidence in their children, it also raises children’s confidence in themselves and enables them to perform well in their academics. Appreciate your children when they do well in their academics. This appreciation enhances their efforts to achieve more in terms of their academics.   

If your child performs poorly in his academics, never discourage him or rebuke him because the child will get disheartened and will lose interest in his academics. In such a situation, you should advise him positively and raise his morale so he can work harder to perform well in his academics.

   Visit children’s school and meet their teachers

Parents should visit the school of their children sometimes such as once a month. They should meet the teachers to discuss about the academic performance and weaknesses of their children. When parents would know these things, they will be able to take steps accordingly in relation to the studies of their children. Moreover, when parents visit the school and meet the children’s teacher, it let their children take their studies seriously.

   Discuss with your children about their problems

Parents should know the problems of their children. Therefore, they should ask their children purposefully if they have some problem or complications and then, act to resolve the problem accordingly. It can be some problem in their studies or other than study, but the parents need to know about it and help their children get a solution for their problem. This is important because the children may sometimes hide their problems which may be irritating them and interfering with the studies.   

   Keep an eye on the activities of your children

Parents should be aware of the activities of their children. They should keep an eye on the activities of their children to ensure they are not engaging in activities which can waste their children’s time and energy. Sometimes, children may keep on playing video games for long hours which is not good for their eye health as well as wastes a lot of their precious time. Therefore, parents should monitor the activities of their children. However, parents should not do this like spying on their children secretly or unnecessarily to the extent, where the child gets irritated and ends up having very low confidence in himself.

   Improve their general habits and skills

Apart from good study habits, the children must also be taught about other healthy habits such as healthy eating, good sleeping habits, good sense of dressing, etc. Parents should advise their children to eat good, sleep on time, and dress well. Similarly, they should discuss with their children about good commination skills. A good lifestyle and habits will help your children generally as well as in their academics

   Have a correct approach to advising your children

Parents need to express their love to their children all the time. However, they may also express a little bit of strictness on some occasions where they think that a little bit of seriousness is required. There should be a balance between love and strictness, but this does not necessarily mean to become harsh towards your children if they make some minor mistake. Minor mistakes can also be rectified by advising them with love. But if the child engages in some unhealthy activities and is getting spoiled, the parents may prohibit their child a bit strictly. However, the parents should always refrain from becoming overly authoritative towards their children or beating their children physically because it would create many psychological disorders in them if treated wrongly.