Right at the moment when you thought you know how to handle your child with all the fixed routines you set for him like a scheduled time for homework, play time and sleep and all of a sudden you’re hit with a swing shot of middle school drama. But sometimes getting through middle school could feel like this-
Although being in the middle school isn’t as complicated as they show in movies, it is actually quite simple. As parents, your support and your presence are crucial when it comes to the development of your child. But as kids grow up they begin to feel the need to be more independent and this is exactly when conflicts begin.
Parents want to support their kids but when they try to become more involved it becomes difficult for the children to handle this interference.
Here’s how you can help your child deal with middle school:
1. Be in touch with your child’s tutors
Sometimes your kids won’t listen to you and the tutors are your only ray of hope. It is okay if the tutors are a bit heavy on them because there is no other way your child will learn. You could do this by attending all the ‘Parent-Teacher Meetings’ arranged by the school. You’ll become more involved indirectly and you will be in a position to understand most aspects of your child’s academics.
2.A good meal before school
It is difficult to concentrate on studies on an empty stomach. Prepare a healthy breakfast for your children so that they are able to focus on their lessons. Eating right will help them boost their memory and they will be able to perform better in all academic aspects. A breakfast rich in whole grains, proteins, fiber and juice low on added sugar will be the ideal breakfast for your child.
3. Homework and other academic goals
Not everybody is born a scholar or a genius. Your child needs your support and guidance especially when it comes to academics. You can try things like setting a goal for your child and if he meets the desired target, reward him. It is the best way to get your child to study and perform well.
4. Don’t pressurize your child
With the growing demands of academic brilliance, people forget that they are putting little kids under too much pressure. Children aren’t pressure cookers and they cannot handle too much pressure. It is okay to tell them about your expectations, but tell them in such a way that they don’t succumb to pressure and take drastic steps. Instead, talk to them and understand where they could use your help when it comes to academics. If you’re dealing with a pre-teen, you will have a hard time cracking them open. They will hate your interference in the beginning, but gradually they will understand that you’re only trying to help them do good.
You don’t want your kid to look a little something like this, would you?
5.Empower them with the different study skills
Go back to the days when you were a student trying to study hard for your exams. Grab hold of those amazing tricks you used for studying to excel in your exams. Give them tips and tricks on how to memorize concepts and how to frame answers. If it requires you to be strict, it is completely alright. You’re helping your child grow up as a better and a disciplined individual.