Every parent wants her or his child to succeed in school, and it can be frustrating if your child is struggling academically. Instead of getting angry, however, parents should remain calm, help their child figure out what is causing the academic struggles, and work to resolve the issue.
- If you haven’t already, begin building strong relationships with your child’s teachers. E-mail, call, or visit teachers with your questions or concerns. School counselors can often offer important insights, as well. Use teachers and counselors as resources to help your child with his academic struggles.
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- Create a “homework center” for your child somewhere in your home. Whether it’s in a home office or at the kitchen table, make sure you have enough pens, pencils, folders, and paper, and keep distractions to a minimum. Make yourself available to help your child with her homework (but don’t just give out answers).
- Children who feel a connection with their school are more likely to do well—so do what you can to help your child bond to his school. Whether you encourage him to attend school events, such as sports games or dances, celebrate school successes, or discuss current school events, creating a strong bond to your child’s school is important.
Doing well in school is important for kids. It opens future opportunities, increases self-esteem, and helps children develop a love for learning. If your child is struggling in school, work with him and his teachers and counselors to create a learning environment that will help support his academic success.
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