Are grades not a motivation for your child to perform better in school? Sometimes children don’t react to letter grades, and, as a parent, you may ask yourself is there a better way to motivate your child to care about his or her grade? If you’ve had countless phone calls with your child’s teacher, you definitely need to find another way to get your child excited about excelling in school. Well, it could start with if you were motivated to get good grades when you were in school. Let’s explore that a little more.
A new study shows that genetics are at least a small part of the reason why children don’t seem to care about their academic performance. It could definitely run in the family. The study was performed in the UK, Canada, Japan, Germany, Russia, and the United States. There were 13,000 participants, and all of them were twins between the ages of nine and 16. The scientists performing the experiment showed that 40-50% of the differences in motivation between the students could be linked to the genetic characteristics they inherited from their parents.
How do you break off from the genetic inclination of having your children not care about their grades? Let’s take a look at some ways you can actually help.
- Create a routine. If you create structure, it can greatly benefit your children. Make sure you get up at the same time each morning, start the day off with a healthy breakfast, and keep a positive bedtime ritual that includes reading.
- Get ready for the next day the night before. By taking away the necessity to make last minute decisions and create unnecessary chaos, you’re generating a more organized, structured morning to start the day. Your children will feel more confident for their upcoming day if they feel prepared.
- Let Your Child Do Homework Alone. If you are constantly supervising and helping with homework for your children, they aren’t going to feel accomplished when something gets completed. Homework is essential for your children to feel like they learned something, and if you’re helping or doing homework for them, there is a lack of fulfillment.
- Encourage Intellectual Curiosity. Don’t assume that just because your children are younger, that they cannot be curious as to what is going on in your life. Engage your children in conversation at the dinner table about topics such as current events, pop culture, and your own interests. Get them excited about having intellectual conversations that they can learn from.
At Lake Forrest Prep, we encourage parents to be very hands-on with their children’s learning experience. If you’re interested in our Orlando private school, contact us today for a school tour at 407-331-5144.