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Helping Your Child with School Projects
You want for your child to be successful in everything they do for school. This includes projects assigned for school. The question is at what level you cross the line from helping to doing the project for them. Many parents simply want for their children to look as good as possible in comparison to the other children. Others simply cannot accept anything but the best from their children.
The problem is when parents to do a project for their children, the child will not learn the intended lesson. Teachers have an intended purpose in mind when they assign a project. The idea behind you helping is to make sure your child understand the lesson and creates a project which exemplifies this understanding. Rather than planning out and creating the project, help them understand the lesson.
Encourage your child to come up with a good design before they get started on their project. Have them show you the design and explain how it pertains to the lesson. If they are off the mark, show them where they have made mistakes. Explain to them again the intended lesson to help them understand how to make changes which will make a difference.
Being patient is very important with your child. This can only be accomplished when your child starts their project early. The earlier they start the project, the more time they will have for revisions. This will help to take the pressure off of them and off of you. You will not feel as if you need to jump in and complete the project in order to avoid a incomplete project being turned in.
The more your child is able to complete projects on their own, the more self confidence they will have. This will spill over from their academics into the rest of their life. They will have the confidence to make difficult decisions and follow through with difficult tasks. This will help them be successful in everything they do for the rest of their lives.