Instead of helping kids with their homework, researchers have found that the most effective way for parents to foster academic achievement in kids is to:
- Highlight education's value and utility for our kids by linking their schoolwork to current events
- Help them create academic and career goals
- Discuss learning strategies with them
Middle school adolescents achieve more when their parents' help gives them a feeling of independence, rather than just making them feel pressured to succeed. This is in-line with other research on helping kids develop self-discipline.
|To learn more about the study cited here, read this Greater Good research brief.|
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© 2009 Christine Carter, Ph.D.
Nancy E. Hill and Diana F. Tyson. "Parental Involvement in Middle School: A Meta-Analytic Assessment of the Strategies That Promote Achievement." Developmental Psychology 45, No. 3 (2009): 740–763.
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Thanks for sending the Takeaway and all your other messages. I don’t
have kids, but I am an autistic adult and I find a lot of your
messages helpful in managing my own life and motivation! I just wish
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Thanks and take care.
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