Imran was feeling frustrated. He was trying his best to be a good father by accompanying his son to complete his homework. A quiet person by nature when upset, Imran was watching and seething with growing anger as his son stood up and walked around every few minutes after completing a Math sum. Imran was watching the time passed and when he watched him walked off the last time, Imran took a cane and hit him squarely on the legs till he  cowered in pain.

Why Parents need to Know their Learning Styles

Most parents (and educators) face the most frustration when they feel their children are not putting in their best effort during the completion of their assignments. Yet, it is simply that one does not understand the learning styles of their own children. Add to the mix is that every child would be different from one another – just as each one has a unique personality and different interests, intelligence, gifts and ways of looking at life. 

When we expect our child to learn like we do, it will cause us to be

Frustrated

This causes us a lot of homework tension when a child says he/she doesn’t “get it” even though we explained a problem.

Limited to Our Child’s Learning Potential

We may bore the child by not allowing for differences when we do not vary the ways of presenting information or varying the activities. This can cause great issues for homeschooling parents.

Disappointed

If the child does not achieve in the classroom especially in subjects we excel with ease, we may think our child is stupid, lazy or not trying.

Lowering our Expectations

Try to recall the subject that you were not good in, e.g. Math. You may expect your child not be able to do Math as well and thus perpetuate the failure.

Interpreting the Child’s different Learning Style as Misbehaviour, Lack of Listening or even Rebellion. 

For example, the visual or auditory parent may interpret a kinesthetic learning style as mutiny. One case study in hand: a father tried to teach his son how to do a problem sum. The father rattled a list of steps as quickly as possible and then told his son to do what he had said. His son tried but could only remember only two steps. When the father repeated the instructions but louder this time, his son was unable to complete the task once more. The father, perhaps due to pressure from work, slapped his son right across the face. The son refused to speak to his father and turned rebellious after that. 

What is your parenting style