Monday, March 17, 2014

How to Help Teens with Homework Time without Parental Hovering

It can be tricky to know how much effort you should put into trying to be involved in various aspects of your teen’s life. This is true, even when trying to determine how to help them with their homework.

The level of involvement you have in your teen’s life depends upon the individual development of that child. Some teens need little help and still receive outstanding grades in school, while others struggle just to pass their classes.

At the very least you will want to encourage your teen that he or she can accomplish anything. Furthermore, you will want to point out your teens strong points and help develop those areas.

You will also want to ask your teen at least a few times a week how school is going. Also, you may want to find out if there are any classes they are struggling in.  However, try not to be too hard on them if they are diligent, yet not very strong in a particular area such as math, reading, spelling, etc.

Staying alert and interested in your teen can help you address any potential learning problems. For instance, if your teen is doing poorly in most of his studies, it could be a result of depression, ADD, or cognitive problem. In most cases, these issues can be corrected with the right help.

If your child is not as academically bright as other children, perhaps it is because they were meant for a different path. For instance, it has been said that some of the wealthiest persons in the world have not even made it past the eighth grade.

Also, recognize that not all children have the same learning style. Some students tend to do better in a more controlled and structured environment where they are assigned tasks daily. Other students are more independent learners and are more bent towards creativity than logic.

If your child is not doing well in the school he or she is enrolled in you may want to consider other options. Many children who did poorly in a traditional or public educational setting have benefited from a Montessori or similar type educational program.

Other ways you can be involved in your child’s school studies without hovering is to keep in contact with the child’s teachers. You can attend teacher’s conferences, and check in once in awhile with whomever is in charge of providing your child with education. This will help keep your child accountable.

However, you also need to be sensitive to your teen’s feelings. A teen can easily get embarrassed if a parent shows up at their school a little too often. They may feel “babied” as well. Remember to respect your teen’s need for space while making an effort to show you care.

Also, your teen is likely to come to you for help if you assure him or her that you are there if need be. Also, you as a parent need not be ashamed if the work is too difficult for you. This is often the case, as standards of education change from year to year.

If you cannot help your child with homework, you can at least direct the child to suitable tutoring services. This is just as effective of a way to show you care as would be helping the child your self.

Besides, your teen will respect you for your honesty, and will see that you are not afraid to say, “I don’t know.” This is one concept that is important in the development of teenagers-for the adults in their lives to be transparent as well as to be good examples.

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