When your child is away from home studying in another country, how do you keep in touch, show your concern for his or her well-being and keep them motivated? Here are a few things you can do to support and motivate them:
1. Send a daily quote: This is what I do to my son who is studying in Singapore. Every morning, I will, without fail, email him a motivational quote. There is nothing better than some encouraging words to start a brand new day. Motivational quotes inspire and stimulate you to start a new day with the right frame of mind and stay positive and motivated.
2. Weekly chat over Skype: In order that he is not interrupted in his study and daily routine, we only chat with our son during the weekend through Skype, which is free. This weekly session is to touch base and exchange information and also allows us to be on top of his progress. It is heartwarming to chat and see his face on the computer screen. How do you keep in touch with your child and how often?
3. Help him do homework: My son is studying Business IT. From time to time, I will help him in his assignments through email. My experience in the real business world and the proper usage of commercial English is a great help to him. He is happy that he can count on his dad and I am happy that I can help my son.
4. Be enthusiastic and provide support for your child’s effort and endeavor: Always encourage your child in what he or she is trying to achieve in their study. When they know that you are supporting their effort, they will try harder and do their best.
5. Congratulate him for each stage of his success: Share the joy and happiness with your child when he or she has met with success even in a small way. Success breeds success and it is a powerful way to build confidence and stay motivated. By the same token, stay by your child when they meet with setbacks and obstacles. Encourage them to bounce back and be resilience.
6. Celebrate his or her success: Don’t forget to celebrate his success when your child has returned home for his or her semester break. It is to renew their fighting spirits and encourage them to do better in the journey of life.
7. Remind your child to be health conscious: Does your child exercise regularly? My son is not physically active. We often remind him to move about more often so that he can be fit not only physically but mentally. To be successful in life is to be fit physically and excel academically.
You will know your child is motivated because he or she:
· Sets challenging goals
· Gets assignments done with great effort and concentration
· Is enthusiastic to learn and know more
When you are motivated, you can motivate your child.