Children who receive praise generally have better self-esteem. They have more drive to learn. They are eager to please. They want to do well at all things. They want to succeed. They want to make the people close to them proud. Parents want their children to do the best they can. They want their kids to have better than they did. They want them to go far in life.
The best way to encourage a child to be as involved as possible in school is to set up a rewards system. Make a pact with your child or draw up a “contract”. Both the parent and the child can decide what the child needs to do and what the reward should be. You may also want to set up consequences. This shows the child that if you don’t take care of your responsibilities, you can loose privileges, also. It is up to both parties to hold up to their end of the bargain.
There is a big difference in rewarding your child for doing good and bribing your child to do something. A child should be made to earn something, rather than just having things handed to them. Teach your child early on that you must work for what you want, no matter how big or small your goal may be.
Homework charts are a great way to keep track of what needs to be done. Write each subject the child studies on a poster board. Draw off lines for each date. You can put stars or stickers in each square when the child completes the subject’s assignments for the day. You may even offer a little cash incentive for a full chart. Be careful not to get in the habit of paying per individual assignment, you will go broke very quickly that way.
Most children will get progress reports or report cards. This is a terrific way to keep up with the progress of your child. They will usually bring home graded tests and homework, also. If you do not know how your kid is doing, then ask. Set up a teacher/parent conference. Let the teacher know of your plans to offer rewards and help your child to succeed. They may have some suggestions you may not have thought of.
Do something fun and creative for your child. There are many inexpensive activities you can do together. Go to the park. Have a picnic. Take a ride. Go shopping. Spend the day at the lake. Just hang out. Tell them what a great kid they are. Brag on them. Get them a little gift. Take them to a favorite family member’s house. Use your imagination. You don’t have to go all out to show your child you have noticed the good things they have done. Even the simple things can show appreciation.