The other day I was at my son’s hockey practice and saw a fellow teammate with a great slogan printed on his water bottle. On the side of the bottle it read, “You get OUT what you put IN!” The phrase made me think, “Couldn’t we all learn from this? In life, we get OUT what we put IN!“
Do your children know how to “put in” what is necessary to “get out” success? Or are you the one who is doing the work?
Many times as parents we feel it is our “job” to help our children do their homework, chores, and other tasks. And we also correct many of their mistakes. When we do this, we are the ones putting in all the work and our children will never get anything out of it, not reaping the rewards of that work. We need to help and encourage children to put all they can into school, sports, friendships, activities, and life.
Here are a few things to think about in helping your children put all they can into their academic life.
- Think about studying “many times, many ways” to truly gain knowledge of the material rather than a one time shot at learning the material. Click HERE for more on this topic.
- Before tests guide your children in making and taking a practice test. GRADE IT to gain the confidence to know they have mastered the material. Click HERE for more on this topic.
- When studying for finals, have children use their old materials to re-learn, refresh and remind themselves about the material covered.
- When your child gets a lower grade on a test or project help them set up a plan to meet with their teacher and learn what they did wrong and gain steps to do better next time.
- Even at a young age empower your children to know how to talk and communicate with their teachers. This can include – email, student led conferences, and learning how to run a meeting with an adult Click HERE for more on this topic.
Your child’s school experience is not a sprint, it is a marathon. And just like a marathon it takes training and time. Make sure children are putting in the work necessary to get out all they can for the future. When kids put in all they can for school and life, they will truly feel the rewards of confidence and pride in a job well done.
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.
Proverbs 14:23 ESV
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick, Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.
Author of Own Your Education! A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (And Life)
Meet Megan at the 2015 HeartCORe Conference at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota on November 14, 2015. Click HERE to register. Megan’s book, Own Your Education: A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (and Life) will be available at the conference.
Register for the 2015 HeartCORe Conference
on November 14
at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, MN!
Megan and five other members of the 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team will be speaking on CORe topics of faith, parenting, education, and relationships. The $25.00 registration fee includes keynotes, breakouts, lunch and a copy of Raising Little Kids with Big Love OR Raising Big Kids with Supernatural Love along with the Study Guide.
Pastors and lay leaders are invited to a complimentary breakfast to learn more about using the 1 Corinthians 13 Parent series for large group, small group, and mentoring.