This summer I had the opportunity to spend time on five college campuses throughout the country. Some were large campuses, some were small; some were new and some were old. Each had its own unique “vibe” and features. I even visited the oldest college building in the United States at the University of William and Mary in Virginia.
Each campus inspired in me a desire for learning and gaining further education. As those of us with children in school are saddened by the passing of another great summer, we also hope for the best for our kids as we approach the back to school season.
As an educator, I have learned that the success of students can, in large part, be measured by the involvement of parents. (Yes, both parents, Dads!) So I decided to put together a list of things that parents can do to inspire the education of their children.
5 Ways to Be an All-Star Parent in Inspiring Your Children in Their Education
- Be their favorite teacher – Don’t be passive about their education. Develop a desire to learn what they are studying and working on in their classes. Get involved – sit with them at the dinner table and try math problems, help them with projects, ask them questions that inspire thinking. Be a model of an active learning yourself.
- Connect the dots with nutrition – Whether you believe it or not, you have some say in the kinds of foods your children eat. Proper nutrition means happier more productive minds. It takes planning and preparation, but it will pay off.
- Talk to your kids about school – Learn the art of asking your children about school each day. Formulate a list of different questions that show you children you really want to hear about their educational experience. Combine it with number two over a nutritious dinner and you could be considered genius! To start your list of questions I recommend this blog post by a dear friend Liz Evans.
- Have realistic, but high expectations – High jumpers don’t attempt standards that are too high; they know their limits. But they also keep pushing to clear a standard just a little higher, incrementally. The same is true with your children. Don’t be afraid to expect greatness, but celebrate where they are at now. All the while, encouraging them to reach a little higher.
- Show love – Love is the highest motivating attribute when it comes to education. It may require you to really pray to love your children through their education. Love them enough to get involved. Pray for them everyday to be successful and to be inspired. But let your love be the one constant pillar in their education.
Are there other ways you’ve tried to inspire your children in their education? You could also harness the power of music, be a friend to their friends, be there to meet that at “crossroad times” after school – there are lots of methods. What would you add to this list to start multiplying goodness with your children?