When fathers support learning from school, at home, this demonstrates to your child that you truly value education and learning. Your job as a parent is to encourage them to discover things for themselves and challenge them to learn and improve. If you can instil in them the mindset that learning is a process that is positive and enjoyable, they will grow up to be lifelong learners who thrive on challenges.
Evidence – Did you know?
- Fathering involvement in educational activities with their children is associated with improved educational outcomes for all students.
- Children (at all ages) who have fathers that are interested and involved in their learning, have a clear academic advantage.
- Be willing to help with homework. Discuss what they have to do and how they are going to do it, rather than doing it for them.
- Encourage and praise their efforts to work independently on their homework. This demonstrates self-management skills.
- If your child is having trouble with homework and it is causing stress or arguments, put it aside and take a break. Try again later. If there are still problems, contact the teacher to discuss solutions.
- Encourage them to do their best. If the work they produce is to their ability, praise it when they do well.
- Explore alternative ways of learning. For example, play with them and explore maths and counting, practise their spelling while driving in the car or teach them a new fact.