TIP 23. HOMEWORK HELP
Positive parenting is often accomplished in family life through the care and concern we show toward the challenges that our children are facing. When fathers show an interest in their children's schoolwork, and help them sometimes with their homework, it sends a signal to the child that this area is one of importance. This will help to keep the child motivated at school, and focused on achieving their best, because they know that their 'Dad is interested'.
Showing an interest in how they are going in their individual school subjects, whether it's Maths, English or Science can be as easy as asking over a meal, and encouraging them when they have showed an improvement. It may also uncover areas that they are currently struggling with in school, and can give rise to an opportunity to discuss this with a teacher, or to seek out some extra tutoring if possible.
Many potential school problems can be avoided when fathers express and maintain interest in their child's schoolwork from an early age. This can also assist in the development of an open dialogue around the subject of schoolwork. This often becomes increasingly important as your child graduates into high school and workloads and academic stresses increase.
It is not possible to accurately measure the power of a kind or encouraging word, to a child or young person, but ask yourself this question "Can you remember something someone you respect said to you when you were a child?". Showing interest in your child's schooling can sometimes make a tremendous difference in a young life, and reap benefits for many generations to come.
Dads' Call To Action:
Show an interest regularly in the kid's schoolwork, and assist them in anyway you can.
(Deuteronomy 6 v 6-7)
"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.