School’s back in session. It’s a new start for each and every student, a chance for him or her to shine in the classroom. Along with those great new clothes, parents need to send their children to classes with a brand new attitude.
Students need to make a commitment not only that they will attend class every single day but that they’ll try to get as much out of school as they possibly can.
Any student who’s willing to spend an hour an evening doing assignments knows that you can keep up with homework fairly well. Schedule a time to work and be there consistently. Have the kids sit down at the kitchen table while you do the dinner dishes. Turn off the television and radio. Encourage them to ask questions. You’ll be surprised how much you learn about one another during that hour. Once you finish cleaning up, sit down and read a book yourself or go over math answers. It’ll pay off a lot more in the long run than your having watched “Entertainment Tonight” or a “Friends” rerun. On weekends, maybe that hour will turn into a family game night. Getting together will become easier, and your communication will improve.
Parents must make a commitment to consider such a nightly study schedule as something fun, not something to be dreaded. Don’t lose your cool when the child doesn’t understand a concept. If you don’t understand either, ask a teacher. They’ll enjoy being asked.
You’ll look forward to report-card day.
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