Do you want to help your child improve academically?

Do you feel responsible, as a parent, to have an impact on your child's education but you feel powerless because you have zero high school knowledge?

I am here to tell you this: you hold the power to propel your child to a whole another level – to make an enormous impact right now and on their whole future.

You are probably asking yourself:

“What? How could I possibly do that with literally zero high school knowledge?”

You can, and I am going to show you exactly how.
You don't have to help with homework.
You don't have to help with studying for quizzes and finals.

And the impact you will have is 3X greater than what you could have done having all high school knowledge out there.

In this article, you will learn 3 major ways to transform your child's academic experience.

The reality is – everyone is specialized. Most of us are really, really good at one thing – our specialization. Everyone sucks at the vast majority of things. No one expects you to be an expert in all high school subjects.

So how DO you help your child?

Here is the key thing: learning is not just about facts and memorization, is it?

In fact, learning has 4 key components:

#1: mindset (your child's beliefs)

Imagine your child learning math. Have you ever heard them say “There is no way I could possibly understand this.” That's their mindset telling them that they can't do it. So why bother, right?

#2: attitude (what your child does outside of their comfort zone – when it gets tough)

What does your child do when it gets tough – as it inevitably will? Do they just throw in the towel? Or do they get excited about the challenge? Your child's attitude makes a difference every time he or she makes a mistake or doesn't understand something. Multiply that by a billion and you get the impact of their attitude. Yes – humongous!

#3: execution (habits, consistency, accountability)

Learning happens daily. In school, with friends, at home – everywhere. Does your child learn as a lifestyle or just for 50 minutes in class? Do they ask questions or just expect answers to knock on their door? Do they treat learning as a burden that they unwillingly go through or are they excited to conquer new challenges and understand new concepts?

#4: knowledge (understanding, facts, memorization)

Facts and understanding is the last, micro part of learning – it's ultra-easy after you get the 3 other aspects right.

Think about it!

If difficult concepts – no matter how difficult - made your child excited instead of anxious,

if they knew they could understand anything, just had to figure out the way,

if they constantly asked questions and sought out solutions,

if they were excited about the process and couldn't wait to learn new things,

what could possibly stop them?

And that's where you shine.

Starting now - you will help your child on the 3 levels: mindset, attitude and execution.

Here is how.

Mindset

It is critical that you make sure your child understands that people are not born with genius and skills. All your child sees everywhere are the final results of other people's efforts. YouTube videos show amazing athletes perform crazy stunts – on the 50th try - but they don't show the first 49 attempts... to record the video. Not to mention the hours of training.

Your child's friends are getting As and it looks like “they just get it.” No one talks about hours of learning, tutoring and preparation. Why? Because preparation isn't cool. It's way more cool to just show up and rock it, it's not cool to stay at home for hours, beating on your craft.

Key mindsets to drive home:

Geniuses aren't born, they are made – help your child switch the perspective to before the genius arises. Emphasize the cause-effect connection between the learning process and the results.

If someone knows something, they learned it. There is no way around it. - there was time when Einstein did not know physics. It actually – attention please! - took him 10 years to fix all the mistakes in his theory. There was time when Michael Bloomberg hadn't started Bloomberg TV. Everyone put hours of effort to get where they are. Being good at something is not rocket science – you get out of it what you put into it. Even people who look like “they just got it” learned their skills. Your child can get to the wow-level – he or she simply needs to learn and push through the initial resistance.

Help your child focus on what they have - their advantages and resources, and use them – take action. Focusing on what they don't have is a waste of time. Help your child focus on action: shift from “what I don't have” to “what I have and what I can do with it.”

I get it, your son's teacher grades unfairly, your daughter's chemistry class is early in the morning, track takes a lot of time and your teen is tired afterwards.

It is all 100% true. All of this makes it harder to do well.

Of course we all would love for the teacher to be great and for track to be energizing.

But that's not the case.

So now, what do we do about it?

Attitude

When it gets tough - that's when it counts the most. Everyone can handle easy things. Tough challenges expose real skill. Hard concepts, hard tests, hard games are the opportunity for your child to do their best. See how well they can do. They will do well when it is easy – most people will. But do well when it is hard and leave others behind! When it gets hard - push even harder, try even more.

Your child may often feel like they are slow because learning new things is challenging. They are constantly facing harder and harder challenges. They are light years ahead of what they were learning just 2 weeks ago. Help your child appreciate their progress and understand that learning new things is hard for everyone!

Usain Bolt gets exhausted during his workouts, sometimes throws up – does it mean that he sucks or that he is slow? NO.

So why would he throw up? Because he challenges himself to get better.
That's what makes him the champion!

When your child is learning difficult concepts, they might feel like they are slow. If they are constantly making new mistakes - it may feel as if they are making absolutely no progress.
The opposite is true – when they are making new mistakes, that's the sign that the breakthrough is literally around the corner.

Learning - and improvement in general - is a challenging process. Think about it! If it was easy – everybody would do it. It wouldn't be something your child could be proud of. If it didn't challenge them, it wouldn't change them either. The whole point of learning is to challenge yourself – to figure out more, to understand more. That's how it is suppose to be! Being challenged by learning doesn't mean your child is slow or not talented – it means they are doing it right!

Execution

Learn from your mistakes. Mistakes are not there for your child to just make them and cry about it.

Learn from them! "You made a mistake. We all do. It's ok."

What is not ok is leaving it as it is. You already made the mistake.

Encourage your child or help them find it and fix it! "What can you do differently next time?" Help your child figure it out.

Attention please – this is a big one:

New mistakes are a sure sign of progress!

Think about it for a moment.

If your child is making new mistakes, it means they are facing new challenges - they are making progress.

If they made the same mistake over and over – if they kept saying that 5 x 6 = 35, for instance – that would have meant they are not improving.

New mistakes mean they are making progress. It's like puking after you ran a mile in 6 minutes. Puking after you ran a mile in 5 minutes and then in 4 minutes. You are still puking, but your time is getting significantly better!

Key execution point.

Follow through and support your child throughout the process.

It's not enough to share all of this with your child. They will inevitably hit obstacles. They will reverse back to their old habits. They will forget what to do. Or how to do it. You need to be there for them. Redirect them back on the right track. Remind them of the principles. Offer your advice. Remind them of the priorities, the goals and the steps. Help them stay focused on the path.

I know you are now thinking...

“Wow, Amadeus, all this is fantastic and APPLICABLE stuff.” 😉

Yes, and you know what the most important thing is?
Everything I just shared with you is 100% applicable to any endeavor.

Which means that your child can use all of this everywhere – no matter the industry they get into, the job or the environment or even relationships.

It is a lifetime investment – you establish this way of thinking now and it will propel your child forward for the rest of their life.

The mindset of proactive learning and boldly facing challenges is what makes great athletes, CEOs, authors, performers, employees, managers, bosses.

As a matter of fact, people who don't develop the growth mindset, who don't like challenges are easy to spot and usually don't progress much.

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Follow the steps and you will be one of those parents who is wondering why their child is so excited about learning new things – what a great thing to be wondering about!

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