Education starts at home

Allow for error. Mistakes and some failures are inevitable. Teach your children to own these and to see them as opportunities to learn. A child who is willing to acknowledge his mistakes, own them and seek positive ways to learn from them will live a life without limitations.

Be excited about any positive news or progress-whether academic or social. All children seek acknowledgement and purpose. Acknowledged progress will result in greater progress!

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Show sincere interest in what happens at school-on a daily basis. Ask questions and be willing to listen-to-understand when answers are shared. Find out how the day went. What was best/worst about the day? Who did your child hang out with?

Teach the art of determination, courage, a positive work ethic, resilience, self-responsibility and motivation by being these yourself! Challenges, frustrations, anxieties and fears are inevitable. It is how we choose to react to these that will ensure success.

Be an example of positive, productive learning and positive behavioural choices. Your children are one- hundred- percent more likely to do what you do rather than what you say. Avoid degrading teachers when facing challenges. Look for positive solutions which ensure that your children feel valued, yet respectful towards those who teach them at school.

Seek to build and maintain a positive working relationship with your children’s teachers. Attend meetings and activities whenever possible and be open to suggestions of support and additional aid where needed

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Wherever possible, find the time to look at the work that your child brings home. Do this with the aim of finding the best ways to support, encourage and motivate your children to become the best version of themselves.

Celebrate all learning, from academic to cultural to the arts. Your child's positive sense of self is your most important priority. A child with a healthy sense of self is not afraid to try new things and make mistakes.

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