What is the best form of learning support that parents can provide for their children?
If parents are physically present and participating actively in the child's learning process, then the child is likely to learn effectively.
Referring to the scenario…
Jeremy is lonely
He gets to see his maid more than his parents
His only friend is his toy dinosaur Dino.
Jeremy is mentally exhausted
He has to complete all the tasks given by his parent every night even though he is tired.
He cannot concentrate and his mind wanders off
He does not have time to play and his parents even threaten to take away his favorite swimming lessons.
According to Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Theory, parents and other caregivers are perhaps the most powerful influences on children’s learning.
Research also suggests that effective teachers would tend to involve parents in their children's education, creating links between two important elements of the Microsystems (Epstein, 2011) – thus showing the importance of parents in the child’s education.
Jeremy’s parent should create a caring and loving environment
Parents actual influence on their child outweighs that of any teacher or peoples around them.
Parents love, encouragement, and support can make everything difference.
Parents can helping them emerge with a strong sense of self-confidence and the determination to succeed.
In the scenario…
If Jeremy did not achieve good results in the examinations, his parents would stop him from going to his swimming lessons which he enjoys very much.
Therefore, Jeremy force himself to finish up the task given by his parent and ignore the school homework as he is scared that his parents will deny him of his favorite pastime.
Authoritarian Parenting Style( Jeremy parents) Parental Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Jeremy parents 1. Stress conformity Set exercises to Jeremy and arrange a lot of tuition classes, enrichment classes, study camps to Jeremy
Authoritarian Parenting Style( Jeremy parents) Parental Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Jeremy parents 2. Detached Jeremy get to his maid more than his parents.
Authoritarian Parenting Style( Jeremy parents) Parental Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Jeremy parents 3. Do not encourage verbal give-and-take Jeremy parents stop his swimming lessons and let him to take up more tuitions on weekends.
Child Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Child Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Jeremy 1. Withdrawn Jeremy has never felt that he belonged anywhere.
Child Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Child Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Jeremy 2. Worry more about pleasing parent than solving problems Jeremy do the task given by his parent on top of the homework from school
Child Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Child Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Jeremy 3. Defiant Jeremy couldn’t contain his anger anymore. He slammed his table and then stormed out of class
Child Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Child Characteristic of Authoritarian Parenting Style Jeremy 4. lack social skills Jeremy is having a poor relationship with his peers
Best form of support
Positive reinforcement is the process of increasing the frequency or duration of a behavior as the result of presenting a reinforcer under Behaviorist Theory.
To solve this problem, Jeremy parents should use positive reinforcement instead of negative reinforcement. - Jeremy has shown negative reactions to his parents way of using negative reinforcement.
Importance of Parenting styles
Parenting style is a general patterns of increasing with and disciplining children and it may effect children learning.
Healthy parent-child relationships promote personal development by helping children acquire a sense of autonomy, competence, and belonging (Christenson & Havsy,2004).
parenting style is uninvolved parenting style which they have little interest in Jeremy life and hold few expectation.
From the scenario…
Jeremy’s parents are too busy to spend time with him. Thhey are not even at home.
When Jeremy’s form teacher Miss Low tried to contact them regarding Jeremy’s conduct in school, they never pick up the call and they never returned the call as promised.
Besides, they also arrange a lot of task, tuition class, study camps and enrichment class to Jeremy.
Jeremy life is ruled by the timetable which cause him do not have enough time to take rest and doze off in class.
To solve this problem, we suggest Jeremy’s parents to change their parenting style to authoritative parenting style.
Though parents are firm and have high expectations, they must also be caring at the same time,
They must explain the reasons for rules (why are they giving him tuition) and understand his needs.