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Education as a Parenting Tool

When you earn a degree or diploma your whole family benefits. You get more job opportunities and might even make more money. You can improve your happiness at work, which will trickle into your home life. You also get the chance to show your kids what success looks like.

When kids see you earning your degree or diploma they learn many important lessons. Not only do they see why education matters, they also pick up on some skills by watching you.

Every parent knows that kids pay more attention to what you do, than to what you say. When you work hard, use good study habits, manage your schedule and find ways to meet challenges, you are teaching kids the skills they need to succeed. 

Here are some ways you can be a great role model for your kids while you’re following your dreams.

Make School a Priority

Explain to kids that you expect quiet time while you’re studying. Tell them that education is really important to you, and you want to give it all of your attention. Then, let them see you doing the work.

It’s important that what you say matches what you do. If you say education is important, but then you skip studying to watch football on TV, your kids will think football is more important than school. On the other hand, if you turn off the TV during a big game because this is the only study time you have today, kids will realize that school is the priority.

Knowing how to focus on what’s important is a key to success. You’ll show them that you care about your own education and about theirs too. 

Be Open About Challenges

School is sometimes hard. Kids know this. They struggle with math or reading. They have trouble connecting with a teacher. Or they don’t know how to balance studying and fun time. You might have the same kinds of problems. When you do, be honest with kids about your challenges.

Kids will feel better knowing that school is sometimes hard for grownups too. They’ll feel like you understand them. At the same time, you can show them how to meet these challenges. Maybe you get extra help from a teacher or learn some new ways to study. Share these with your kids. That way, they’ll know what to do when they face the same kind of challenge.

Your kids don’t need you to be perfect. They need you to show them how to succeed. By honestly talking about challenges, you help them understand that quitting isn’t an option. Even when things are hard, you can succeed if you keep trying.

Get Help When You Need It

Kids are sometimes afraid to ask for help. They don’t want to look stupid. They worry what friends and teachers will think of them. You can show them that asking for help is no big deal. Mention to them that you asked a teacher for some extra help or talked to a classmate about your assignments.

When you teach kids to ask for help, you teach them how to solve problems they can’t solve on their own. You also help them understand that asking for help is a really smart thing to do. They might even feel more comfortable asking you for help.

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Model Good Homework Habits

Because you’re studying online, kids might see your school work as homework. After all, you’re working on it at home, not in the classroom. Show kids what good homework habits look like. Sit down at the same time everyday to do your school work. You might even sit down at the kitchen table with your kids while they do their homework.

By picking, and sticking to, a study time every day, you help kids understand how to manage their time. You show them that daily effort is important. By studying with them, you might just bring your whole family closer together. And strong relationships are a very important key to success.

Finish What You Start

Getting your high school diploma is the first step on a path toward a better life. From there, you can earn a professional certification or college degree. Not only will getting your degree help your family now, it can also help make your kids more successful in the future.

By getting your college degree, you make your kids more likely to earn one too. One study from the National Center for Education Statistics found that 33% of students whose parents did not earn a college degree will drop out. For kids with parents who did earn a degree, only 14% drop out. Finishing your degree shows kids that they have the power to do the same.

When kids see you achieve your dreams, they learn how to succeed. They’re less likely to quit when the going gets hard. They’re also more likely to ask you for help. Penn Foster can help you finish your degree, earn a high school diploma, or get the certification you need to advance your career.