The new school year has begun and with it, a new grade and new class assignments to do. If your child is still on their summer break or nearing the end of it, you're probably dealing with summer projects which will be due soon. If your child has just begun a new grade, guess what? Projects are going to come pouring in soon!
The bane of every parent's
existence is last minute projects and their demand. Here are a couple
of things that will help you keep your cool while working with your
child, while also making the entire activity fun -
1. Keep a specific time
aside for project work. If you're a working parent, it can always be
at the end of the day. However, in most cases, you could be feeling
exhausted by the end of the day. Instead, carve out an hour at the
beginning of the day (if possible) and fit in project time then. It
sounds like a bit of a squeeze but try it out! Both you and your
child will be bright-eyed and bushy tailed, ready to tackle project
work. Upon completing your hour of project time, remind your child
that by putting aside this time, they are now free to spend their day
as they please.
2. Keep all the material
ready. Last minute scrambling isn't fun for neither parent nor child.
Take your child for a trip to their favourite stationery store before
you begin all the projects. Get them excited to use their new markers
and craft paper. It may sound silly and a little materialistic, but
being around a variety of colours and different art material
sometimes inspires a child to put in more effort into their work.
Doing a little research before beginning also helps to get the
creative juices flowing, a little inspiration from the internet never
3. Parents have a tendency
to take over projects, sidelining their child's ideas or suggestions.
Children often take advantage of this, allowing their parents to
steer the project, while sitting by and allowing them to do the work.
Ensure a good balance between your and your child's inputs. Discuss
the topics being covered in the project before hand and remain open
to the suggestions and ideas your child has. Keep the discussion open
through the course of the project, reminding your child that they are
entitled to their opinions and views.