It’s January of a new year. If you’re like many people, at some point in the last couple of months you have given some thought to what you want to achieve/change this year. Some people approach the notion of change with New Year’s Resolutions while others avoid the cliché and go hardcore with their annual goals.
Whichever approach you prefer, I’d like to ask you a question or two.
- Are you working with your child to help them set learning goals?
- Are you teaching your child to set learning goals and focus his or her attention?
When it comes to successful learning it all begins with a learner’s ability to set learning goals and focus. But, in this day and age, we can’t assume that our kids know how to focus their attention. As parents, we have to work with them to be sure they develop this ability. After all, who cares more about how they develop as learners than we do?
The other day I was talking with a young lady about education and the work I do with parents. She wasn’t a parent, but kept asking me questions about learning, so I kept sharing with her. She was surprised to learn that many parents spend huge amounts of money on tutors, learning coaches, and special programs to help their kids develop the ability to think and learn in an exceptional manner. She had never considered that parents were spending money to give their kids access to this training. She stood there for a bit considering this; then acknowledged that while she had never thought about it; it made sense that this was the case. I then explained to her that while paying for these services was one option, it wasn’t necessarily the best option. The best option is for parents to become their kids learning coach. That’s right, kids whose parents become their learning coaches have an inherent advantage over those who get help from paid sources.
Not sure this is true?
As I asked previously, who cares more than you do about how your child develops as a learner?
Who has been watching your child grow and learn since the day they were born?
Who knows your child’s likes, dislikes, patterns, and habits?
Who is with your child throughout his or her entire K-12 education?
The simple fact is, you as a parent know your child better than anyone and therefore can help him or her develop in ways no one else can. But, whether you intend to use other additional resources or not, being able to understand your child’s development as a learner is hugely valuable and possible with just a bit of deliberate effort.
If you’re interested in learning what you need to know in order to help your child, subscribe to this blog before January 30th and I’ll give you free access to my course 10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Thinking & Learning.
In this course, I give parents the information they need to begin making a deliberate effort. I also answer questions and help parents with the specifics required to help their kids. I don’t have all the answers; but I help them find the answers…and I’ll do the same for you and your child. -cd