Dr Justin Coulson from Happy Families shares why the biggest issues for children in school is actually their own parent expectations.
Dr Justin explains that the increasing demands on students from well-meaning parents who want their kids to be A-students is often detrimental.
He shares how children are expected to do more “learning” and less playing at younger and younger ages.
“We submit them to all manner of tests, NAPLAN being the most famous, and apply pressure with ever-increasing expectations.”
“If your kids are in primary school, consider dropping homework from your schedule entirely. Research evidence indicates it doesn’t help, and often hinders, learning. Instead, encourage reading, and read with your kids. Make it stuff they want to read.”
He suggests that parents pull their kids out of NAPLAN.
“It’s allowed. If you choose not to go that far, let them know you aren’t bothered at all by what they score. Let them know it’s really a thing for the government and their school. And make sure the school isn’t putting any pressure on the kids (or practicing for the test, or restricting play time or art/drama/music/sport time because of the test).”
He also adds we need to consider the amount of extra-curricular activities they’re involved in.
“Childhood is certainly about development, learning, and extending talents and abilities. But it’s also about play, freedom, and being allowed to be little.”
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Dr Justin Coulson is a parenting expert and father of six. Find out more about him HERE.
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