3 WAYS TO SMOOTH THE WAY TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS FOR YOUR KIDS
October 29, 2018
With the schoolyear off to a fast and furious start, South African parents are braced for a busy 12 months ahead. This year, smooth the way to academic success for your kids, by employing these tried and tested study hacks at home:
FEED THEM BRAIN FOOD
The brain works like an engine – when it has proper fuel, it works like a charm! This year, take a good, hard look at your children’s nutrition. Are they enjoying nutrient-dense foods at every meal? Try to cut down on sugar and refined carbohydrates, and stock your fridge and larder with fresh fruit, whole-grain snacks and high-protein foods like full-fat yogurt and nuts. If your kids are not keen on breakfast, try to get a smoothie in them at least. Here are a few lovely recipes to try at home. If all else fails and your routine is simply too hectic, a local supermarket chain stocks a range of guilt-free ready meals and snacks created by a celebrity chef in collaboration with his daughter – it’s a wonderful option for parents who are constantly on the go.
ADOPT A WORKABLE ROUTINE
Every family is different. In some homes, both parents have an 8-5 schedule, which means that there is a constant routine every day. Other families have parents who work on a freelance basis, where every day brings a new set of time challenges. Yet others have only one parent who has to fulfil the roles of both mom and dad. The trick is to find a schedule that works for your family. Don’t try to copy the schedule of the picture-perfect family down the road; you’ll only be setting yourself up for failure. Sit down with your kids and draw up a workable school-play-study schedule that is adapted according to their needs.
CALL IN THE PROFESSIONALS
If you are worried that your child’s study work is lagging behind because you don’t have time to support their research and study efforts, there is a way to lessen the load. Studymaster offers quality learning materials and learner support online. Visit our website to learn more about their textbook summaries, class speech preparation and project research services.
When you’ve got these basics down, your children will be more likely to achieve academic success. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months as we share more advice on parenting in the modern age.