Education, Parenting, Tips and Tricks

Supporting your children through their studying years

Supporting your children through their studying years

Regardless of the age of your children, you want them to be good students. Without a decent education and high grades so many avenues are shut to them. As a result, most parents want their children to do well at school so that they can go on to study at college or university. Or, secure a good apprenticeship.

With this in mind, I thought I would take a look at some of the ways you can teach your children to be exceptional students with healthy studying habits. To be able to excel and stand out in a way that will benefit them later in life. Below, I cover practical things like using to double-check important work to make sure it passes the plagiarism test.

Show them that there are no shortcuts

Securing good grades is not easy. So, unsurprisingly, at all stages of your child’s educational journey, they are going to be faced with the temptation to cheat. To let someone else do the work for them or copy something rather than doing the research and writing something fresh. 

It is important to show your children that taking that approach is not wise. From an early stage, make them aware that the educational institutions they attend will be putting their papers through a plagiarism checker. Show them how tools like Scribbr work.

Teach them not to be fazed when things do not go well

Help them to appreciate the value of doing things such as studying themselves. Show them how far they have come by doing that. If they try something and don’t quite pull it off, don’t be over critical. Help them to focus on what they can learn from the experience and encourage them to work on the skills they were missing so that they can succeed the next time they try.

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Be ready to work alongside them

If they can’t figure something out, be prepared to sit down and help them to find the answers. Don’t take over, just point them in the right direction and help them to practice the skills they need to be able to do their own research, in the future.

Help them to find enough time to study

Provide your children with structure. Having a routine makes it easier for them to make studying a priority. A lot of parents find getting their kids to do their homework after school works best. You can click here to find more tips about how to create the right environment for your children to be able to study effectively.

Make sure they have enough time to relax too

Studying is important, but relaxation is vital too. If your children do not get the chance to relax and unwind often enough they will be too tired and stressed out to learn effectively. 

Of course, every child is different. So, you will need to adapt the advice given above to fit in with the needs of each child. But, following these basic principles will prove to be beneficial for most young students.

Kids, Parenting

Fun and Physical Backyard Activities for Kids

We all couldn’t wait for winter to pass so we could enjoy the nice weather and outdoor backyard activities. However, it looks like our winter isolation will now be extended due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which has forced families around the globe to self-isolate for their own safety. 

Though a lot of us are having to spend more time indoors, that doesn’t mean our health should suffer. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, children that are older than six need at least one hour of physical activity daily. And for a child’s optimal development of physical and mental health, three days of vigorous exercise weekly is needed.

So, if you are wondering how to achieve this but remain safe, we have the answers! Here are some of the most interesting and imaginative physical activities you can get your kids stuck into in the safeness of your backyard.

Fun and Physical Backyard Activities for Kids
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  1. Get green fingers!

Spring is a time where everything blossoms, so why not get gardening with your children? They will feel mature when you trust them with digging, watering or raking the earth and you can teach them that with love and patience they can cultivate their own garden!

  1. Play soccer

Incorporating physical activity gives a foundation for a healthy life. Your backyard soccer does not have to be all discipline and strict rules. You can just relax and let your children enjoy themselves while practicing how to dribble, pass or make a shot!

  1. Make a treehouse or playhouse

Investigate your basement or garage for useful supplies (that’s you – not the kids)! Anything from screws, planks, ribbons, blankets and hardware materials can come in handy while making a treehouse with your children. Once built, they can enjoy tea parties, play hide and seek or even have a sleepover during the summer. Of course, if this sounds like too much effort – and mess! – there are some lovely outdoor playhouses available online too. Everyone will enjoy it, and your children will be the most popular kids in the neighborhood! 

  1. Make a sandpit 

A couple of clicks on Amazon and you can order some sand to make a sandbox! Choose one corner of your backyard for this activity and let your children be led by imagination as they discover and mold like little sculptors. They can make sand sculptures, castles, battlefields, or even recreate the surface of the moon. 

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  1. Play catch

Play as old as time and yet so simple and with so many possibilities! From football to frisbees and boomerangs, the whole backyard is yours to cover! Why not get the pets involved too? They’re likely also feeling a little unsettled in the current climate, so engaging them both physically and mentally in a game of catch or tug-of-war will do wonders for their mental health.

  1. Put pedal to metal

If you have a lot of land, now is the time to use it! Motorized bikes, such as kids ATVs, are great for children who want to have fun and be free! There are many sizes according to the age of your child, and all that is left to do is to provide them with protective gear such as helmets and pads!

  1. Make a theater stage

Kids love to play out things, and when we say love, we mean they ADORE it! So, make a small improvised stage and let your children come up with a play or a musical and act it out for you! 

  1. Outdoor easel

Kids love to draw with chalk and will go wild if they see they can draw in their backyard on a board with no rules. You can make your own chalkboard or if you have an old one, even better! The children will be happy, and you do not have to clean the chalk dust afterward! 

Related: What You Should Know About The Most Fun Trampolines

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  1. Put skates into action

Including wheels into children’s playing routine is always an appealing idea! If you have protective gear for your kids and flat ground, why not whip out the inline skates, roller blades or their bike? And if you want to get into some physical activity yourself, you can also put on some skates and ride next to them! Being involved with children’s play is just as important as the act itself!

Being physically active is important for everyone, especially children. Even in times like these, you can easily keep your little ones off their phones, tablets, and computers. Being isolated is no reason to be bored and helpless. Use your imagination and our ideas for activities to keep you and your loved ones entertained! 

College Bound, Education, Parenting

Successfully Supporting Your Child at School Through College

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A whopping 80% of college students say that they feel stressed, according to The American Institute of Stress. The cost of college, as well as new living and working environments, can really take its toll on college kids. But so long as you offer advice, and guidance, as you are supporting your child at school they will be sure to flourish during the critical college years.

Discuss financial responsibilities

An average year at college will cost between $10,116 and  $36,801, depending on whether the college is public or private and in-state or out-of-state. Most kids will have had very little financial responsibility prior to heading to college, so make sure you financially prepare them. This should include making it clear how much of the cost (if any) you’re prepared to cover and how much you expect them to contribute. Be sure to stress the importance of getting a part-time job during their studies and help them to write a CV, apply for vacancies, and prepare for interviews.

A helping hand

28% of college students worry about their academic performance, according to the American Psychological Association. There’s no need for students to worry, though, as they can obtain college essay help easily. Many students use online resources that show them how to write, structure, and edit essays so that they can be confident about receiving a good mark. As a parent, it’s a good idea to point your child in the direction of these types of useful resources. It can also help to offer to read through your child’s work before they submit it too.

Maintain contact

50% of college students attend a college that’s more than 100 miles from their parents’ home. While this can benefit their independence, it can also make your child feel isolated and alone. It’s a good idea to set up regular phone calls, video calls, and visits with your child so that they can ask for your advice and support if needed or just have a general chat. This also allows you to check that your child is doing okay and to see if there’s anything you can do to help make college life a little bit easier.

Heading to college is an exciting but often stressful experience for most kids. As a parent, it’s essential that you play a supporting role in this transition and guide your child in the right direction during this period of their life.