There always has been, and always will be, a debate as to whether parents should push their children in certain directions in life, or not. But, regardless of this debate and what side of the fence you stand on in regards to it, one direction all parents should be pushing their child in and towards is the one that leads to academic success. Why? Because academic success can open up a whole host of other directions for your child to take once they are themselves an adult and are able to decide their own course. For advice on how to push your child towards academic success, make sure to read on.

Ensure they are rewarded for hard work

If you want your child to work hard and garner success in education, they need to be made aware of what hard work and success both looks and feels like. And one way to ensure that your child knows what these aspects of their education are like is to reward them in certain ways; certain ways that showcase success, but don’t knock your child off course. This means that you should refrain from gifting your child a new games console, for instance, for doing well in a particular subject at school as this might knock them off course and see them decline in that lesson going into the future, rather than carrying on climbing higher within it.

You should, instead, gift them something like a trophy, such as those found at By doing so you will show your children clearly what success looks like, and give them something to look back on when they need to be reminded of what it looks like. What’s more, gifting your child a trophy will not distract them too much from the task in hand that is always pushing further for academic success, and never resting on one’s laurels.

Ensure they are discussing what they read

Getting your child to read is one thing, but getting them to actually discuss what they read is a completely different ball game. But, if you truly want your child to take in what it is they are learning when they read, you need to ensure that this is the case. You need to ensure that this is happening but constantly questioning them about anything that they read, whether it be for pleasure or for their school work.

You should ask them things like who their favourite character is, who they think are the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ characters, what they think to be the most important parts of the book so far and how they think the story is going to play out as it continues. By doing this things you will soon make your child understand that there is more to life reading than just seeing the words on the pages, and this is always a good skill to have when it comes to any lesson in school. What’s more, get your child a book that is actually proven to stimulate the desire to write. That way, not only might you have a little reader on your hands, but a budding writer too.

By taking heed of the advice above, you could be getting your children university ready right from an early age.

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