When it comes to the education of your children, one thing you don’t want to do is leave things to chance. This is because if the pendulum swings negatively, you are going to be involved in an intense struggle to help them find their feet. In the event of that unpleasant occurrence, your time, financial resources, energy, and emotional reserves will be greatly tasked. The safest course, therefore, is to be intimately involved in ensuring the brilliance and good performance of your children at school. The following are six sure ways you can get your children to be one of the top performers at school.
Create an atmosphere of excellence within the home
Every home has a prevailing atmosphere in every aspect of life that is relevant to the existence of that family. The prevailing atmosphere on a particular aspect of family life is the standard or bar that has been set for all family members, including children. When it comes to schooling, schoolwork, and educational pursuits, the more the prevailing attitude in the home leans towards excellence, the better the children are likely to perform at school. Creating an attitude of excellence is the responsibility of both parents. This is often achieved by the examples parents set for their children. In this regard, what parents say to their children and the trend of conversation on specific topics are important. Furthermore, the standards set by many responsible, hardworking, and brilliant first-born children have the ability to foster an environment of excellence and challenge their younger siblings to strive to be the best.
Have zero tolerance for mediocrity and average
Explanations and rationalizations by children as to “why I did not perform well” on administered tests and or examinations should be taken with a pinch of salt. Children will often want to find fault with the system instead of facing up to the fact that their preparations were inadequate, to begin with. Always challenge your children to be at the top of their class. Let them know they can make the top list. Desist from labeling them as dullards, stupid, or not mentally endowed. This is because this is simply not a true assessment of their ability.
Identify, eliminate, or limit the sources of distraction.
Sources of distraction include television, laptops, mobile phones, computer games, the internet, and social media. Television time should be strictly regimented, while so-called online classes and assignments should be carefully monitored in order to prevent children from straying off course. Children should not be allowed to open and maintain social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, and other similar social media platforms. They are major sources of distraction, which accounts for the poor performance of children at school.
Secure your children’s minds: this is the foundation of brilliance.
Children who know they are loved and valued by their parents feel secure and are assured of their self-worth. Such children are likely to do better at school than children who have been psychologically disempowered.
Provide constant pep talks
You must be ready to engage your children in constant admonition and encouragement. Let them know how important their education is to their future. Talk to them all the time and not just during a specific period designated for trying to motivate them towards brilliant performance.
Express confidence in their abilities
The way you talk to children and what you tell them has a lot of impact on the outcomes you achieve. Telling children they are dullards who are not capable of good performance at school will depress them psychologically and produce negative results. Let them know they are naturally brilliant and that they need to deploy their God-given abilities. Instead of saying ‘you are a dullard’, say: ‘you are a very intelligent person, but because you have failed to apply yourself by studying hard, you are not performing well at school.’
If you diligently follow these guidelines, it will not be long before you start reaping a bountiful harvest of educationally brilliant children.