3 Be attentive to how you respond to your child’s overall performance after class. If you express too much emphasis on what they did wrong, those negative feelings will carry over. Limit criticism and focus more on productive conversations after class.
4 Be intentional with your goals by communicating with your child’s instructors. The goal is to foster motivation. Let the instructors know about your struggles so they can better motivate your child before, during, and after class. Don’t be afraid to ask for support!
5Prompt motivation by rewarding your child. Remember that children’s brains are still growing, and most of their development comes from positive stimulation and experiences. Encourage the behaviour you would like to see in your child when going to class and then set an attainable number of classes they must attend with this behaviour.
Be sure to include a desirable reward for doing so. For example, grab ice cream on the way home if they attend the next three classes with appropriate behaviour.
These strategies aren’t difficult, but they’re often overlooked. As parents, we get caught up in the daily grind, so we sometimes forget that situations like these require attentive and intentional parenting. I hope these tips help you and your child get ready for class. Good luck!