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However, it’s not just parents that are struggling to find the right balance in today’s world. Children are under increasing pressure to perform well academically, athletically, and socially. This also comes in the midst of a digital revolution that is creating a world that is overly dependent on and dominated by screen time.
As parents, you need to learn how to create a balanced upbringing for your children. Where they aren’t under strenuous pressure from trying to juggle all of their activities. These are some of our top tips when it comes to balancing school, friend, sports, parents and education:
School work is a priority
School work should always be a priority. There is much more funding for academic programs than athletics, and they are more likely to have a successful career in the future if children concentrate on school work.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you should heap undue pressure on young children to perform academically. Give them time to learn and teach them diligence to get the best results.
Choose extracurricular activities that they enjoy
So, you were a track star at school, and you would like your child to follow in your footsteps? The first thing you need to consider is whether they actually enjoy the sport. Don’t force your children to do extracurricular activities that they don’t enjoy.
Instead, let them choose whatever it is that they are interested in; whether your child wants to do chess, music, fencing, or basketball – let them decide, and they’ll be happier for it.
Have set homework time at home
It’s important that your child gets their homework done on time for school. Set an hour or two in the evening for them to work on it. Ask them questions and if they need help, then point them in the right direction. This allows you to have a look at what they are learning and makes them feel you are taking an interest in their academics.
Set specific screen times
The fact of the matter is that we can’t stop children from using technology, but it’s important to ensure that they aren’t getting overtaken by screen time. Set aside a bit of time every day or two for your child to watch TV, play on their phone, or use the internet. Once this time is over, however, all digital tools should be put away.
Family time is imperative
Children flourish through quality family bonding, even though it can be hard to get them to take part. Ensure that every day, and at least one day a weekend, is set aside for family bonding.
Go on a picnic, play some sport or watch TV together. Make sure that you don’t allow phones and other technologies at places like the dinner table, and this will increase their interaction with you and improve their social skills.
At Miniland we believe that balance is the key to a happy, healthy life. Our educational games use both traditional and digital learning methods to provide an all-round learning experience. Have a look at our blog for information regarding teachers, parents and education.