Being a homeschooling parent can be
a tough job. You must see your children not only as your children but also as
students. This is important when differentiating between being a teacher and
being a parent. Here are two tips for improvement on both accounts.
For one, respect is something we all
want. It is nice to feel respected, and it can make your day that much better
just to know that others admire what you do or say. What about your children,
though? Normally, children do not receive the same amount of respect as adults.
Sometimes this is for good reason, but sometimes it is only because they are
seen as children. Homeschooling parents must remember to find ways to give
respect to their children in ways that in turn make their children respect them
more. It is a simple concept: do unto others as you would like done to
yourself. Children who are respected become respectful, leading to politeness
and a mature demeanor, and setting the stage for a great parent-child
The next tip is to try to see things
on the same level as your children. Parents sometimes lose sight of what it was
like to be adventurous and curious. Children don’t know any better, so make
sure you find understanding in some of their activities, remembering how
important creativity and curiosity were to you as a child. Parents who can
think like a kid narrow the gap between generations, in turn providing a better
learning environment for their children.
You want great relationships with
your children — try applying these tips, and see what kind of memories you can
create with them during your next school day.