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QHow can I find out how my

her peers, and whether she’s achieving her potential?


To help your child reach her potential, you need to know what she is capable

of and then ensure that the resources are in  balance between school input and home support. Make an appointment to talk to your child’s teacher as they will be able to give you guidance on particular areas your  Children’s educational aspirations are

strongly linked with those of their parents and peers. What parents do and say  who their friends are in school. We know that educational aspirations vary

according to age, gender, ethnicity and socio- economic status, and that aspirations change  when young people form solid aspirations that inform their future life choices and outcomes, and when young people move from idealistic to more realistic ambitions. At this age research shows that young people are more likely to achieve positively when they develop ambitious and achievable aspirations, combined with the self-esteem,  they need to persevere towards their goals.

Q Dyslexia means that my A otherwise bright son finds

school a struggle. How can I build his motivation and understand his potential and how to meet it?

In order to develop to their full potential, the special talents of gifted

children must be valued and encouraged both at home and at school. It is important to guide children in channelling their efforts into being productive. We must make sure they have the support they need to be successful, such as their own workspace, teaching them the study and organisational skills they need, and offering accommodations where necessary – extended time or reduced assignments.

child measures up against


    

Let your child control whatever is within

 works wonders for all children. When young, picking out the colour of a new lunchbox is an important task, or choosing types of stationery, pencil cases and the type of new school bag are all new and challenging responsibilities. A positive attitude towards their teacher

is vital. Children pick up negative attitudes and if a child thinks the parent disapproves of or doesn’t respect a teacher, the child will think such an attitude is acceptable, which potentially can make any existing problems  a teacher sets the wrong example and will cause the teacher to become defensive, neither of which will help your child. Whatever expectations you may have for your child, make sure they’re realistic. Talk about school together and help your child to develop good, independent work habits and positive attitudes towards learning. This, combined with a close and trusting relationship, will help your child to develop the right aspirations for them.


Parents often reflect on how they can help their children to reach their potential. This issue, our

experts suggest ways in which parents can promote positive aspirations in their children...

QMy 8-year-old daughter just winner! What can I do?

A wants to be the next X-factor

She’s not alone! According to The Telegraph

would rather be pop stars than teachers or lawyers! Researchers asked 3,000 British  dreams, and asked about their own career hopes when they were young. It seems that what children watch on TV is now competing  children’s choice of careers. Help your daughter to develop her

aspirations by allowing her free range to explore what interests her. Discover what  where she feels free to share her fascinations, emotions and exhilaration. Build Lego together, play board games and create a desire in her to be passionate about what she likes, and share your own interests. Allow her to see you excited about a problem or discovery, and committed to your own work.

Q My son is very shy. Is there develop his social skills?

anything I can do to help A

Play games to help develop his social and emotional skills: drama activities,

team games, Sardines and Pass the Message. Technology today may lead children to  communication awkward, so extra vigilance is recommended in providing social games and activities at home from an early age. The family unit has changed and awareness, along with a concerted effort, is necessary to help create the desired expectations and aspirations for the future – including sitting around the dinner table, talking!

About our experts...

Lorrae Jaderberg and Katie Krais   

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