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Why celebrating wins can help your child

Celebrating your child's wins

teenager embraced with mum

Sometimes getting through the school years can feel like a marathon for everyone. And the days and weeks ahead of learning at home might feel even more intense. So when you’re in it for the long haul, it’s important to stop every now and again, recognise how far you’ve come, and celebrate the wins.

Recognise the ‘little wins’

Recognising your child’s little wins can go a long way to encouraging a positive mindset about school and their learning. When a child gets a taste of success, it opens their mind to what is possible and can motivate them to want to learn more.

Set achievable goals

It’s important to recognise that lots of small steps can make a big difference. Don’t put pressure on yourself or your child by setting goals that are too big and ambitious. By identifying realistic goals, you can get some easy ‘runs on the board’ which will build your confidence, and your child’s too, so you can both keep going.

Turn a failure into a win

Sometimes it can seem like no matter how hard your child tries, things just don’t work out for them. When this happens, encourage your child to see this as something valuable they can learn from. Explain to them that mistakes are an opportunity to learn and that by sticking at it, they will eventually succeed.

Success takes time

Big accomplishments don’t happen overnight. If you spend too much time focusing on the end goal, you’ll miss all the little wins along the way. Recognising the small wins will help you and your child stay motivated so you can reach the big goal. Take the time to break down the large goals into smaller goals so you can create achievable goals, celebrate them, and use that momentum to stay on track.

Wins worth celebrating that you might not have thought of

  • Your child says something positive about their day, unprompted.
  • Your child can name five great things about school.
  • Your child can name five great things about their day at school.
  • Your child has made some new friends.
  • Your child receives a positive email or report from their teacher.
  • Your child gets to class on time all week.
  • Your child finishes an assignment before its due date.
  • Your child reads a book that’s extra to the curriculum.
  • Your child finds a way to use their school learning in the real world.
  • Your child helps a friend with their school work.
  • Your child helps a sibling with their school work.
  • Your child has a go at learning a new skill at school.
  • Your child is ready for school on time.
  • Your child walks into school with a smile on their face.
  • Your child learns something new that excites them.
  • Your child does something on their own that they usually need help to do.

Last Updated: 19 June 2020