How to help your Child Develop Skills for Academic Success

Being a parent is a great joy, but also a great responsibility. One essential part of parenting is preparing children to be successful in their academic careers. This is accomplished by enabling the children to develop specific skills that will make them successful in an academic environment. What are these skills are how are they best developed in young people?

Being successful in any endeavor requires being a person who does what he or she commits to doing. One of the consistent requirements in an academic career is completing assignments in a particular manner at a particular time. The process of completing these assignments requires a previous commitment to doing what is necessary as a matter of honor. When an individual accepts an assignment, that person has committed himself or herself to fulfilling what is being asked in the manner detailed.

This can be instilled in children at a young age by giving them specific chores that need to be completed at a specific time and in a specific manner. Giving children specific responsibilities at as early an age as possible is the best way to instill in them the understanding that they are responsible for their word and must do what it takes to accomplish their responsibilities in the proper time and in the correct manner.

An ordered life is necessary if a child is to be successful academically. Knowing what is required, how it is to be accomplished, and when it must be done by, is essential if the requirements are to be accomplished well. Order and structure can be developed in a child in a number of ways. Children should be required to keep an orderly room environment. Such tasks as making the bed, cleaning up after themselves, and putting things in a specific place engender within them an understanding of the value of order and structure.

When everything is in a specific, consistent place, time is not wasted looking for necessary materials to complete an assignment. When items are placed in a proper place, time is not wasted doing twice what only needs to be done once. In addition, a child who takes pride in a clean working environment will carry that over into other areas of his or her life.

Taking and meeting responsibilities in the home is a wonderful way to develop a sense of self-confidence that is necessary for a child to take on the tasks required during an academic career. Children will not succeed academically if they believe that they are not capable of performing as required. Taking on difficult classes and challenging class assignments is only possible when a child has developed the belief that he or she is able to take on and accomplish whatever is required.

By giving children ever more difficult requirements as they mature, the parent helps the child to draw forth those native abilities that otherwise would lie dormant. A child will only rise to the occasion and become all that he or she can be academically as parents gently push him or her to do so. While some children are more self-starters than others by nature, all children will need parental encouragement to do more than seems possible. Children will push forward as they are given a vision of what is possible and what they can do when they make the necessary effort to do so.

While children must be encouraged to succeed, they must also learn how to fail. Failure will happen academically and children must be prepared to handle failure in a proper manner. Children who are afraid to fail will never dare to do anything that is difficult or beyond what they know that they can do. A parent must consistently give a child more and more difficult chores that challenge him or her to use more and more of the skills that he or she has. As this happens, children will from time to time fail in their assignments. Parents then have the opportunity to help a child to understand why he or she failed, to affirm that failure is not permanent, and to encourage the child to do better next time.

Children must be helped to understand that failure must not be dwelt upon, but learned from and then those lessons applied moving forward. Children often learn much more about how to succeed academically by working through failures for in such times they are often more open to listening to what they should do to succeed next time.

Listening is a difficult skill for any person to acquire. While most people are naturally good at talking, listening must be developed and worked on carefully. Parents must take the time to make sure children are able to listen to what they are told and that they are able to communicate back correctly. Sitting down with children and helping them to develop greater and greater attention spans is necessary if they are to succeed in an academic environment. Listing well, taking in information, and being able to repeat it back or use it appropriately is the essence of academic success. Children must be able to do these things at an early age in the home if they are to develop these skills at a higher level in a more public environment.

Every child is capable of succeeding academically. Parents have a critical role in helping children to develop the skills necessary to be academic high achievers. Learning to take on responsibility, having an ordered living environment, being a person of honor in taking on required tasks, and developing good listening skills will together make a child a star performer academically. These skills take time to develop, but they will produce a confident child who is willing to take on hard challenges and who is not afraid to fail temporarily. Such academic success will produce a life of quality and fulfillment.