This is Really Is It! How to Make your Child Get Top Honors

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After many "second in class" honors, jonesy finally landed on the top spot.

Congratulations, son!

I love how you outdo your parents each and every time.  I'm proud of you.


Secrets to make your child get academic honors:

- None.  I absolutely have no techniques for kids to get higher grades.
- My role in the house is to ask "You have home work?"  and "Have you eaten yet?"
-  If child is hungry, cook.  Better if you've cooked before your child gets home.
-  As your child eats, sit at the table.  Ignore your pending deadlines (that's for work at homeys like me).  Just sit.
-  If your child feels like talking while at the table, good.  If not, just sit there.  Watch him eat or eat with him as well.  If your child is chatty while you all sit at the table, ask questions.   Listen. Make mental notes on what to remember.  Especially, note names of friends, what their friends did and those friends' likes and dislikes.  You have to remember because you will make future references to what you've learned.  Your kid likes it when you remember.  Ask your child's feelings about the events.  I think this is a very important point for raising boys, who totally forget about it and tend to not identify feelings as they go along.
-  Make home a safe haven to relax in when your child is tired from school.
-  If you REALLY just HAVE TO badger (because you can't help it), pick a time when your child has rested already.

So why doesn't this piece talk about making a child get top honors?
Because you don't make them.
Your role is to provide a safe haven to inspire them to learn, to excite them to go to school. Inspire them to participate, to work within school rules and let them just be... happy. 

When they're in their element, you can step back and be wowed at all the things they can do.


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joan_pinon said...

Great Advice!
I absolutely agree, I have a son and its important that you're there when he comes home and be supportive.