How to raise an A+ student
Do you know the secrets of raising A+ students? The change of seasons from summer to fall is a tough one. Back to school, back to routines, the return of homework and studying. Give your kids the tools they need to succeed in school -- and beyond.
Tip #1: Know your outcome, and begin with a visionHaig advises that kids identify what they want to accomplish in the upcoming school year.
How you can help: Your child should write down a concrete goal that's within his control. Your job is to help him understand that "win the science fair" isn't something he can control, but "submit a great entry to the science fair" is.
Tip #2: Be a proactive goal setter
Teach your kids to have a take-charge mentality, says Haig. "Have long-term goals and short-term goals that will get you to your destination."
How you can help: Let your kids know that they don't have to wait for the school to announce the spelling bee before they start preparing. Encourage them to start working towards their goals today, right this minute.
Tip #3: Use all of the resources that you can
Anyone striving for success needs cheerleaders. Haig recommends that kids surround themselves with people who present a strong positive influence. "Build a team of people who can help get you to where you desire to go," he urges.
How you can help: Look beyond the walls of the school if necessary, to outside friends, tutors, or other mentors who can help your child succeed.
Tip #4: Put it all together
As the school year kicks into full gear, take a few minutes to sit down with your child and create a success plan.
How you can help: Snag an extra composition book and help him write down everything he'll do to reach that goal, and figure out all the steps along the way. Then, while he is still thinking about it, set up a couple of checkpoint dates where you'll both sit down and see where he is.