Whether you decide to homeschool or your family uses the resources of public or private schools, ensuring your children get the best education can be a challenge. Most children, for whatever reason, will struggle in some area of their lives. The point is that your role as a parent involves helping your kid navigate through the tough school years.
At the end of the day, kids are always growing and changing rapidly which means that they’re all going to go through a difficult time in some sense. They might be well-liked by other kids but we all remember being children. Our kids will come into trouble at some point, whether that’s trouble with a certain subject they don’t like or trouble with the tutor you choose to teach them. Here are some pieces of advice on helping your kid through the turbulent homeschool years.
Overcoming the difficult subject.
Seeing as we’re talking about school, we might as well address the common issue children will face at some point during their education: the difficult subject. Perhaps they hate maths because numbers make their head hurt; perhaps they hate geography because they can’t remember locations and places very well; perhaps they hate history because it’s boring. This problem with the subject might be long-standing or it might be in relation to a particular sub-topic.
The point is that you can’t solve the problem of a difficult subject by doing your kid’s work for them. You have to help them do the work independently because they’ll need that skill when they enter the real world one day. You could look into options such as private tutoring if your child isn’t resonating with their current curriculum or you think they may work better with another teacher. Sometimes, it can help to switch up the teaching style in order to improve your child’s knowledge and confidence with a certain subject. Getting involved in the learning process can help; keep up with what your child is learning so that you’re going on the journey with them. It might help them feel a little more supported too. They are at home, after all; it should be easier for you to connect with their studies than it would be if they were in a public school.
Overcoming the difficult behavior.
Perhaps your child isn’t struggling academically. They might be getting good grades and they might be intelligent but this doesn’t mean they won’t struggle in other regards. Bad behavior is something of which we’ve all been guilty as children but there’s a limit. If your child is having difficulty sitting still or doing what their tutor asks then you need to talk to the teacher in question.
Of course, the problem might not be that your child is acting out in order to make a scene. Perhaps they’ve simply had a falling out with another kid on the street. It’s important that you remember your child has things going on in their mind outside their schoolwork. Listen to what they have to say and let them know that they can talk to you. That might be all they need in order to vent their frustrations. Friendships will be made and broken throughout their childhood (and the rest of their lives); make sure your child knows that.