How Family Background Affects Children Educational Achievement.

BY KASIM BILKISU

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Education according to Oxford dictionary can be a process of teaching, Learning and training especially in schools, colleges or universities to improve knowledge and develop skills.
Family are one of the important factors in the development of their children, most families affect their children’s learning behaviours and academic.

Let’s take a look at the above problem and how it can affect school performance.

1. Siblings bully: Siblings bullying is a problem that parents are unaware of. They think that petty bullying and joking is a normal part of sibling relationship, but it often goes out of control and the other sibling end up being bullied. Bullying a sibling can affect self-esteem and lead to emotional problems such as hopelessness, loneliness and even depression. For example, when a younger sibling is being bullied on most occasions they cannot speak out to their parent because they are scared that they might get bullied when their parent is not at home. As a result of this, your child may be less focused at school.


2. Financial instability: Parent most times have to work longer hours just to make earns means, which means they won’t have time for their children at home. A study published in journal paediatric child health found out that children from poorer families performed poorly in terms of vocabulary, concentration and teamwork. These results reveal the impact of economic uncertainty.


3. Changes in family dynamics: The change in family relationships includes divorce of parents and the merger of two families, this can affect a child psychologically and also affects him/ her academics. Sometimes you might think your child is not affected but it always hard for them knowing that their parents and not in good terms, these can make the child feel neglected or unloved and this can result to misbehaviours or dropping out.

Likewise, when two families decide to stay together, children may feel abandoned as parents will form a new relationship with the new members trying to make them feel comfortable not knowing that the children are getting the idea that they are not being loved anymore and they will start misbehaving and it will affect them academically. Parents communicate well with your children regularly so that can still feel loved and cared for.


4. Show your child love and support: communication with your children is essential when families face difficult challenges, you don’t have to go into the details of the problem, but neither should you keep it away from them. If you are your partner are getting divorced, make it known to your children and focus on supporting them during that period. Once the issues are resolved the best option is to show your child unlimited love and support. Here are some tips.



Make physical contact: one of the ways to show your children that you really love and cherish them is through physical contact like hugging, kissing, tickling, petting, and cuddling them in this way your children will feel loved.



Show your appreciation: what many of us don’t understand is that children want and can benefit from parents’ gratitude. Directly thank them for their random support, also thank them when they do something helpful or follow instructions. Children Hear and remember more than we think.


Give one and one time: your children want your full attention when and how they get your attention. In other words, anytime you are less busy try and give them your attention this shows that you love them, and it might be an opportunity to discuss about some pressing issues disturbing them. Parent can still find time to always check and help her children with homework by guiding them through.


Do something for fun: finally try something new and interesting once in a while by doing so, you can take your children attention away from the problems and bring back some good memories into their lives and shows them that life goes on. This is a great experience your child will cherish.


We all face problems, if your family is trying to resolve one or another of the above issues, you may feel helpless, hopeless or guilty that your children may be hurt or affected, instead focus on giving them love and support to help them (and you) get through these difficult times.


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