Parenting comes with both incredible joys and tumultuous challenges. It’s hard not to react when our children experience a problem, but it’s all too easy to forget to celebrate the good. When it comes to our children’s educations and their long-term development, we need to address the achievements AND the problems.
Especially when you have a child that seems to naturally take to school and homework and always gets pretty good grades—it’s just as important to celebrate this success than the student who struggles and brings home an A. And it’s also just as important to monitor behavior as it is to track grades, and celebrate the child that gets it right. Our kids are learning life skills and interpersonal skills right along with the academics, and how we react to their behavior at school can set the course for their teenage years and adult life.
It can be tricky to decide what type of motivation will most help your child to succeed. When it comes to rewards, studies show that monetary rewards can send the wrong message, but you can create other kinds of rewards that motivate, but don’t put emphasis on money. A family night when the successful student gets to pick the activity, a cake baked just for them, one-on-one time with a parent.
A good way to make sure you don’t forget to celebrate (or don’t miss a time that you need to intervene) is to track grades and behavior in a way that’s easy and convenient. With our busy days and packed schedules, it’s best to keep the system simple.
That’s why we created Edu Status, a free online tool where you can manage your child’s academic records that is easy and user-friendly for the busy parent. There are modules for tracking grades and behavior and another for managing rewards for good results. The three apps work together seamlessly, so you can create rewards for your child to earn that will automatically be updated with data you enter on grades or behavior.
Let’s face it, our kids our computer whizzes and they’ve grown up expecting everything to be online. A web-based tool can be fun for your child to use, and they can always see exactly how close they are to earning a reward just by logging in from any computer, tablet, or smartphone.
You can try it right now by heading to our website.