Christine A Howard

Trick Your Kids Into Thinking You’re A Genius

If you’ve had to help older children with their homework before, you’ve probably experienced the realization that you don’t remember much at all from your time at school. Many parents who have homeschooled their child up until high school with ease, begin to doubt their ability to teach the upper grades.  Algebra, science, and the other subjects that aren’t part of your everyday life have now slipped to the back of your mind. Of course, this is only natural, and no one expects you to carry these lessons with you forever. Instead, these were tools to help you to further your learning, giving you the foundations for future success. This doesn’t matter when it comes to helping your children, though.  Of course you want to trick your kids into thinking you’re a genius.

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For even the biggest and boldest of business people, those in high-pressure jobs, and people who put their all into everything they do, it will be hard to help a child who knows more than you about a subject. You will want to support them through their homework and other studies, but won’t have the basis to do it effectively. This is a shame, as it doesn’t have to be this way, and it leaves a lot of kids without the right help with their work. Below, you can find some examples of the best ways to convince your child you’re a genius, without having to go back to school to do it.


One Step Ahead:

In most places, schools will follow a very strict curriculum throughout the year which will cover all of the topics a child will have to learn. While this can make school a little boring, it also gives parents the chance to stay one step ahead, learning what their children are learning alongside them. For example, if you know that work on volumes will be starting, it could be worth brushing up on your knowledge of different measurements.


Talking To Teachers:

It will be hard to get the information above without talking a teacher first. Thankfully, most of the people in this sort of role will be more than happy to give parents support with their children. While you ask for the things they will be learning, though, it could also be worth trying to figure out what they think would be best for you to help your child with. As a parent, it can be hard to know what the little ones are finding easy or hard. This makes it very important to try and find ways to get an insight, even if it means going behind their back and talking to the person with the best knowledge of their work.


Focus On The Methods (Not The Skills):

When you have had to spend the last couple of decades focusing on one type of work, it makes sense that it could be hard to go back to the skills you were learning at school. To get around this, in the subjects you find the hardest, you can take a bit of a different approach. Instead of helping with their work directly, you can look for ways to help with the methods. For example, working with your child to make sure their homework is done before they start relaxing for the evening is a good way to keep them on top of it. Along with this, though, you could also think about spending some money on extra resources for them.


Use Online Tools:

When it comes to achieving goals which you thought were impossible, the internet can be one of the very best tools you have. Finding easy to use fraction calculators, scientific diagrams, and other tools which will give you an edge will only take a few searches. With your experience of the real world, it should be much easier to use these sorts of tools than it was when you were younger, giving you the chance to appear like an expert surrounding a subject.


Given the frequency at which your children get their homework, it could be very hard to keep on top of it with the busy life you are already living. To make this much easier for you, most schools have started to use online platforms which can monitor the work your child has. By getting access to this tool, you will be able to see exactly when work will be due. This saves unnecessary lectures, as you will be monitor what has been completed and what remains to be done. A good schedule can make a big difference, and having access to their school online will help you develop a schedule that works.

Use the Internet to Your Advantage:

Along with using tools like these, the internet is also filled with resources which can teach you how to teach your children. Blogs are the best for this, as they will go into the most detail, while also being readable anywhere. Quite often the source of the blog has been where you are, and will have the knowledge and expertise to help effectively.  Of course, it’s always worth doing some checks to make sure that the options you choose are accurate, or you may lead your child down the wrong path when it comes to their schoolwork. Rather than avoid the subjects that caused you trouble as a child, use the internet to educate yourself in these areas.  Then you will be a better support to your child.  


School can be hard for a child when they don’t have any support at home. From their earliest days in education, their homework will be working towards making them into a good independent learner. These skills will be essential as they get to college. As their work gets harder, and as they have to begin looking at courses that will prepare them for college, it will be increasingly important for you to stay on top of their learning.. Regardless of the school they go to, the help a child gets at home is often the largest factor which influences their later success.


Hopefully, with all of this in mind, you will be feeling inspired to start working on the support you give your child. You might just be able to trick your kids into thinking you’re a genius past the first few years of life.

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