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Getting Down to Studying

"The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead." Those famous words from Aristotle definitely emphasises the need for education. However, who of us can actually convince our kids of this. Today, in a world of distractions, it is extremely difficult to get your curious and restless kid to sit down in one place and concentrate on one thing, especially if that one thing is studying. As a parent, you know how important good grades are for your kid's future and you are equally aware of the fact that for your kid, Study only translates into BORING. So what can you do to make studies interesting for your kid? This is one question that has been asked, answered and researched many times. Nevertheless, today through this article we will especially see the reasons why your kids find studying boring. Once we get to the root of the problem, we will surely find the solution.
 Why does my child find Study to be a boring task?
 For once, it isn't his fault. As adults we see the long term benefits of education and good grades at school, which experience has taught us is very important. But this is a concept that our kids hardly understand. Here are three things that can make studies boring for your child:
 1. Burdened by expectations:
 We all would like our kids to be the world's greatest genius. This means he needs to be ahead of the intense competition around him and more so stay ahead of your expectations of him. This can have a negative effect on the child. The only reason he has to study is to be ahead of others, and believe me it is not the right motivation you need to be giving him.
 2. No Recreation:
 For some kids this can be a prime reason for losing interest in their studies. When the neighbour's kids are out having fun and your kid finds himself locked in a room with a lot to study, overburdened by the need to meet expectations, you can be sure he will lose his focus. Believe me even the greatest of geniuses need a break.
 3. No Reward:
 While you, as a parent, look at the long term benefits that education can give your child, your child is looking for instant rewards. To you the rewards are the next higher grade and a step towards his grand future but to your child it only means more drudgery. When these rewards are not tangibly seen it is understandable that they lose interest. Children today seem to perform well and focus more on things that are rewarding in the immediate future than long term.
 What's the solution?
 1. Show them the benefits:
 Instead of telling your child what you expect from them, help them reason out why they need to study. Understanding what they are thinking will help you not only get more involved in their education process but will make you aware of their strengths and weaknesses and of their likes and dislikes. Make studying fun for your child by including various activities that will be fun and educational. There are hundreds of ideas posted on the internet, try them out and see what works for your child.
 2. Let them Play:
 All study and no play can make your child bored and in dismay. I am sure you would not want that to happen. So make a clear schedule for your child. Include periods for breaks, play and other social activities to keep your child interested. Take your child's view into consideration while making the schedule. If he asks for some changes that are reasonable, then it is good to yield else the schedule, however good, may not really work.
 3. Make study rewarding:
 This is one part that can be fun both for you and for your child. If your child wants a new gadget or a new bike that he likes then why not turn it into a reward. Convey to your child that he can get these things if he earns a few points. Make a chart out and post it where your child can see. Write down the points your child can earn next to the school exercises and study portions you want him to complete. Once again, be realistic on your expectations and convey clearly to your child what he gets in turn for the points. This will not only ensure that your child gets down to studying but also make sure that he focuses on his task. However, make sure that you keep up to your promise and reward the kid for his hard work or you may lose your child's trust.
 So then, with these few tips you surely can make take those first steps to make studying more fun and rewarding for your child.

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