Something that any parent can do, regardless of their technical knowledge.
There is a sad reality that we don’t hear often from learn to code organizations or in the media. If you ask kids at the end of any coding workshop or bootcamp if they plan to continue to code, most will shout yes. Despite their enthusiasm, the majority of children won’t continue to code at home.
What can you do as a parent to change that statistic? You could register them in a code club, buy a subscription box, or get coding books at the library. Do all of it, if you can. But nothing beats a parent who gets involved. Taking an interest in what your child did and do will go a long way in their pursuit of knowledge.
The reason I mentioned it is that many non-technical parents are scared to discuss coding with their kids. Look at this as an opportunity to let them shine, an opportunity to teach you something that you don’t know. Discuss the topic as you would with any conversation. Your kid will be happy that you care.
Personally, I use our commute and our bedtime conversations to reflect of my son’s coding ideas. Whenever you can, ask questions and suggest improvements. Ask your kid why she did her project that way. Ask the typical: If you could do it again, what would you have done differently? Brainstorm together ideas for future projects. Create a habit. Put coding on your kid’s schedule. In short, give your kid a reason to continue to code at home.