When considering other ways you can help enhance and improve your child’s education, here are some more helpful tips from frobes.com.
frobes.com | Feb 23, 2012, 1:20 p.m.
Don't Be a Micromanager It's called hyper-parenting-- micromanaging your children's education to a degree that you're cheating them of their independence. It may seem like a good idea to jam-pack a schedule with enrichment activities, but the goal should be "to achieve a balance where enrichment activities are balanced with downtime and family life, so everyone feels they are not just sacrificing, but also getting something, mom and dad included," says Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D., co-author of The Over-Scheduled Child.
Don't Do Their Homework Doing your children's homework will have long-term ramifications and put them in the mindset that you'll bail them out of sticky situations. As tempting as it is to do that math assignment that your child "forgot" about, you're essentially robbing him or her of an important lesson in responsibility and allowing the child to go to school without the practice that was supposed to happen at home. If your child is having trouble with a homework assignment, better to offer some tutoring rather than do the work yourself.
Don't Bribe Your Kids for Good Grades As a parent, you should think twice before offering your son or daughter $10 for every "A" on their report card. Bribing your children to get good grades sends the message that they should only work for compensation, which in the long-term can be counterproductive and cause them to lose sight of what's important--the education process. Instead, let your children know how proud you are of their stellar achievements with a spontaneous outing or fancy dinner.
Don't Push Your Interests on Your Kids Just because you were a stellar debater in high school doesn't mean it is a good fit for your child. As much as extra-curricular activities matter nowadays when applying for colleges, if you force your child to join clubs and teams that don't pique his or her interests, you are not allowing your child to be the author of his or her own life. Instead, help your child foster his or her own interests by observing and making suggestions accordingly.
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