TEACH YOUR CHILD TO BE PUNCTUAL
Attendance and punctuality play a huge role in increasing children's academic success. When students are not in class they miss out on a wealth of learning experiences, as well as continuity of learning. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence which irrefutably links school absenteeism with significant academic under-performance. When students miss school for no good reason, they usually lack the motivation to complete the work they missed from being absent. Having children practise punctuality at school is great preparation for their future careers, where showing up at work on time will not only make them dependable, but will also help them earn a living.
Prioritise your child's attendance
Children shouldn’t be kept home unless absolutely necessary. When parents do this, they make attending school even more difficult, causing the child to complete multiple assignments upon their return and struggle to make sense of what is being taught.
Model presence and punctuality
Your best teaching is done by example, so leaving for work or school five minutes late tells your child that being punctual is not important. This will affect your child's success and future prospects.
Teach strategies that lead to punctuality
A late bus, misplaced shoes, a crowded bathroom can hold people up but appropriate strategies can be explicitly taught to your children. For example, preparing clothes the night before can save time when a bathroom is shared. Waking up fifteen minutes early allows for extra time to find a lost shoe. Teach children the appropriate tools and strategies to use in order to increase their chances for perfect attendance.
Allow natural consequences for absences and tardiness
Take a no-excuses approach with your children when it comes to absences and punctuality. Give your children natural consequences that show them the results of lateness. Consequences prepare your children for the real world, where they really do miss out on learning, opportunities and even wages because they did not show up on time or at all.
Teach your child that good attendance is not something that just happens. It takes planning, preparation and persistence, but it pays off. Ensure that your child will reap the rewards by instilling punctuality.
The attitudes and practise of punctuality in children is, in more than 82% of cases, a direct reflection of that which is modelled by their parents.