How to Help Your Child Succeed and Be Happier at School

How to Help Your Child Succeed and Be Happier at School

By Jamie Matthewman
April 29th, 2016

If you want to help your kids be happier and get better results at school, one of the best things you can do is move to Finland! Now I know this isn’t the answer you’re looking for and as it turns out, you may not have to move to Finland, because with the help of Michael Moore’s new video, the way we’ve been schooling our kids could be about to be revolutionised!

This is a clip from Micheal Moore’s new video about the success of the Finnish school system, which is apparently ranked #1 in the world compared to the US which is #29.

They don’t have homework. They go to school 20 hours per week (this includes lunch breaks) and their major goal is to help their kids to be happy. Sounds Utopian doesn’t it, but The Fins are showing us that children learn better when they’re not forced to keep working, working, working because this allows their brains to relax.

Finnish kids it would seem are generally happier, achieve considerably better results in less time, without squandering their short childhoods in a classroom.

You and I know, coming home from work feeling fried, with little energy to share with your family isn’t ideal for you or them. This is often how kids are when they get home from school…and then they have homework to do. So I think one of the ways we help our kids succeed at school is to help them slow down and stop pushing them so hard.

I think this is also an important message for ourselves and the business world too, which in most cases wants more bang for their buck when it comes to peoples performance. Whether you work for yourself or for someone else, staying late, taking work home and putting in extra hours, might actually be getting in the way of results.

When did exhaustion ever help you to come up with new ideas, focus and motivation? When did feeling tired ever help you learn something new? I decided a longtime ago to quit the 9-5 (or more like 6-7) to do work I love. Freedom is an important value in my life and it seems to be true for many men I speak to.

It hasn’t always been easy, but I knew the lifestyle I was living would not sustain me mentally, physically and spiritually. My health and happiness are too important to be squandered and exchanged for money. But isn’t this what we do to our kids – exchange their childhood for an education?

School offers our kids the opportunity to develop in many ways, but it seems there are better ways to do it. The common idea is that working hard is the way to success. I don’t doubt the concept of working hard, sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do, in school, in work, in life.

But if taking more time out to play and engage with life, rather than spend hour after hour, grinding through the day allows kids to achieve better results and be happier; I’d put money on it that the same is true for adults too.

What do you think?

Jamie Matthewman

About Jamie Matthewman

Jamie is the founder, main contributor and editor of The Inspired Man.

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