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How to Unleash Your Child’s Academic Potential

Jason Smith

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Centuries has been passed when the concept of child psychology was just a foreign thing. In the earlier time, children were only viewed as a smaller version of adults.

Today, we have a clear-cut idea that childhood is the most influential period in a person’s entire life. Situations and events occur when we are young or even small, seems to be insignificant but they have a straight effect on the way we behave and feel being an adult.

Understanding a child’s psychology is something quite essential. It could be the reason that there is subfield for children in psychology known as child psychology.

What is child psychology?

Child psychology is the study of conscious and subconscious development of childhood. The job of a child psychologist is to observe the interaction of children with their parents, themselves, and their surroundings, for understanding their mental development.

Child psychology for academics

Understanding your child’s psychology for academic progress is important. It will help you better understand the abilities your child owns and the way they channel them. You should know clearly in what ways your child is gifted. Every kid acquires his special abilities which are innate. Knowing about your child’s psyche will let you make him focus on the acts which he is proficient in. In this way, you can also unleash your child’s academic potential.

Knowing about your child’s psychology will also determine you about the area of his academic interest. It is a common fact that all the students do not want to become doctors, lawyers, and engineers. It often happens that due to social pressure they stress themselves and try to study the subject which is not his area of interest. It will lead your child to anxiety and stress, of course which is not good for his health.

If you understand your child’s psychology, you will get an idea that he is not interested in this subject and you can make him confident to choose the subject of his interest. You have to force your kid to believe and implement positive psychology his life. This could be a good step to lead a happy and contented life.

For better academic progress, only a teacher or tutor is not responsible; you are also responsible because no one knows better than you about your kid.

Importance of understanding child’s psychology

  • Child development –  You should understand all types of development in your child. Understanding physical development will let you assess his motor skills. Cognitive development refers to the ability of your child to understand the lesson taught by teachers. If your kid is not showing academic results according to the potential he has, then here you are needed to motivate them to study. During the development of child asses his particular learning way, so try to make your child study by the method preferred by him.
  • Milestones –  Your children have to achieve different milestones in different stages of life. Understanding your child psychology will let you identify their hidden problems that could have a serious threat to the mental or physical development of your child. These problems could affect the academic progress of your child too, which will hinder in getting the milestone. Understand the mind of your kid to make him comfortable with all his study and other life issues.
  • Behavioural issues –  In a child’s life, several things affect their mental well-being. If your child is in stress or anxiety because of studies than behavioral issues will begin. Knowing your child’s psyche will let you comfort him and make him understand to keep calm, and enjoy his life while studying too. Academics are essential, but it should never affect his/her mental or physical health.
  • Identify the child’s inability to socialise –  If your child is not socialising enough, then it could be a problem. If you know about your child’s psychology then you will have an idea that why isn’t he socialising. Socialising is also influential on academic progress.

Takeaway

Parents can play a basic role in unleashing their child’s academic potential by understanding his psychology. Don’t only rely on school and teachers; you also have to take steps for your kid’s academic potential. There are several ways of learning and studying. Get to know by which way your child can study effectively. The only thing required is to know and understand the psyche of your child.


Jason Smith did his degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. He has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being. 


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