School can be a pretty tough place for kids, especially when they are taught something for the first time that they do not understand. A common issue I have found among families is that parents rush to help their child with every bit of their homework, hoping to keep their grades up. But doing so only makes it harder for the student down the road, which is why it is important to only help your child when they really need it.
First and foremost, I highly recommend enrolling your student in a math curriculum outside of the school, such as Kumon or Math Wizard. It is important to do so early on because math teaches kids problem-solving and logic, skills that can be applied to almost every other school subject. America’s school system is becoming very competitive and it is important to help keep your child ahead of the crowd, and advancing in math is perhaps the best way to do so.
Sometimes, students will struggle with topics the teacher introduces in class, which is to be expected. Most parents will rush to their side to help them do their homework, but it is better to let them try and figure it out themselves. Give your child a day or two to understand the topic, and if they still cannot, send them to the teacher before or after school. Introducing your student to the idea of talking to teachers is extremely helpful, because in high school and college they will need to talk to teachers in order to do well in classes.
However, while it is important to let your child grow and learn to solve their problems that does not mean that you should not help them. After giving them a few days to try and understand a topic, it then becomes the role of the parent to help their child understand and learn. And sometimes, parents are the best teachers because kids have the most respect for them.
About the Blogger:
Hello! I am Varun Sharma, a young and ambitious 16 year old! I am currently a student at Neuqua Valley High School. I have dreams to pursue a career in science, hopefully physics. I am currently involved with my school Robotics Team, theater shows, and trying to start a Table Tennis Team. Beyond that, I am sharing my experiences as an adolescent with families to try and help them help their children. Younger kids are more difficult to understand because they do not open up as easily as older teens do. My goal is to help parents understand the struggles of these kids, and to try and help them, for without help, these seemingly insignificant road blocks could build up and lead to future issues such as depression or anxiety. I have experienced my own fair share of struggles, ranging from acceptance for being an Indian and having brown skin, to searching for people to call friends, to learning to break out of my shell and experience the world. It pains me to see other kids struggling with similar issues, and so I have made it a goal of mine to help the parents of those children deal and work past those issues. Growing up is the greatest thing a young person can do, and I want to help make sure that my peers are laughing and smiling along the way.