Focus on kindness and respect to promote academic success

According to some researchers, kids whose parents value kindness over achievement tend to do better in school than kids from families where academic success matters above all else.

In fact, putting pressure on your child to score high marks can have the opposite effect. It can cause her grades and self-esteem to suffer, and lead to depression and anxiety. But when parents promote kindness and respect, students tend to perform better in school. This may be because they feel more secure and know their parents’ approval doesn’t hinge on good grades.

To show your child how much you value respect and kindness:

Demonstrate courtesy. When talking to others—from neighbors to the mail carrier—let your child see you being polite. Say please and thank you. Be respectful. These may seem like small things, but they make a big impression.
Praise positive behavior. When you notice your child doing something nice or loving, let her know. There’s no need to go overboard—a simple pat on the back will remind her how much you value kindness.
Promote healthy relationships. Encourage your child to connect with her teachers and classmates. The more support she gets from those around her, the less she’ll depend on things like grades and awards to feel good about herself.
Reprinted with permission from the September 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: L. Ciciolla and others, “When Mothers and Fathers Are Seen as Disproportionately Valuing Achievements,” Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Springer US.


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