All parents want the best for their children and want to see them succeed in school, something that often sets the stage for the rest of their life. If they are performing poorly or seem to lack interest in academic achievement, that can be frustrating for you. There are some strategies, however, that you can employ to help your child in their journey to academic achievement.

Encourage Them to Read

Children who read a lot get a leg up in doing well in school—it will pique their curiosity to learn more and they will get greater enjoyment from their school work to name a few benefits. If your children are younger, make it a point to read to them frequently. If they are old enough to read themselves, make sure you have plenty of child-friendly reading material available to them. Suggest friends and family members buy books as gifts. Set a good example and read for pleasure – show your kids reading is enjoyable and important.

Homework Help

Doing homework is often a point of contention between parents and their children. Parents know it needs to get done and the kids do not want to do it. There are several strategies in the homework arena that will help you get your child to do it successfully and maybe even enjoyably!

Set aside a special area in the house that is for schoolwork—having specific spaces to do certain tasks is a great way to shift the mind into focus for that task. Your child will go into study mode when he enters that space. Make a schedule that includes homework being done at a specific time to ensure your child gets all his assignments finished in a timely manner. If your child is older, allow them some say in planning their schedule and when they will do their school work. Minimize distractions.

Encourage Independence and Responsibility

Academic success largely hinges on a students’ level of independence and responsibility. A successful student will manage his time wisely and will do things without having to have someone constantly looking over his shoulder reminding him of pending tasks. Great ways to foster independence and responsibility include setting household rules that the children are expected to follow, letting your child know he is fully responsible for his actions and the consequences of those actions, assigning household chores and other responsibilities; for this last suggestion, making a list or some sort of calendar is a great way for you and your child to keep track.

Set Aside Time to Work on Problem Areas

If your child is struggling with a certain subject, skill, etc…commit to setting some time aside each day to work on it specifically. At least 15 minutes would be ideal and you can even break it up into chunks; maybe 5 minutes at breakfast, 5 minutes in the car on the way to school or soccer practice and 5 minutes after or before dinner. Every little bit of help makes a difference.

Keep Abreast of Your Child’s Progress

Often times, parents do not speak with teachers until the teacher reaches out about a specific problem. By making an effort to be proactive on the communication front, you can stay in the loop regarding your child’s academic performance. Reach out to your child’s teachers and ask about how she is doing in school. Where is she succeeding? Where is she struggling? Are there any behavioral or other non-academic issues that need to be addressed? This simple step can help head off bigger problems in the future and nip issues in the bud as soon as possible.

Author's Bio: 

Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who has a passion for personal development, motivation and overall live improvement. If your child is struggling in school, visit for more information on helping your child succeed.