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How to Help Your Child Study
As parents, you are the best resource to help your child succeed at his or her bar or bat mitzvah. Even if you don’t know the Sh'ma from the Shechechiyanu, you can help your child succeed.
Help your child establish a regular practicing schedule
And enforce it. Yes, bar/bat mitzvah time might take away from some schoolwork, but this is an important time for your child Jewishly. Figure out when your child studies best and turn that time into a routine.
Meet your child’s tutor and ask questions
You, your child and his or her tutor need to be on the same team. Go in often to meet your child’s tutor and ask about your child’s progress. As it gets closer to the bar mitzvah, make sure you’re all on the same page about what your son or daughter will be leading and how much more work needs to be done.
Learn the terms.
Visit this page for a glossary of all the terms you might hear your kids say, or this page to learn about the different services your child might lead.
If you're positive about the bar/bat mitzvah experience, your child will feel it too. When parents show their son how important the bar/bat mitzvah is to them, the child will feel it and believe it. Help make practicing fun for your child, and be sure to talk with him/her about why a bar/bat mitzvah is a good thing.