It can be hard to deal with the fact that your child has brought home a report card that has bad grades on it. As a parent, you need to address the child’s poor grades or they will never improve. Here are some tips on how to deal with the fact that your child has brought home a report card with bad grades on it:
Assess the situation- ask your child if something is bothering them. You need to know why your child is getting bad grades in school. Some children perform badly in school because of emotional issues such as bullying or feeling uncomfortable in class. You need to understand what is going on emotionally with your child.
Talk to your child’s teacher- you need to talk to your child’s teacher about what is going on with your child. Parents are away from their children while they are at school so you need to get apprised of the situation that is at hand so that you can find a solution. Your child’s teacher can advise you on whether or not you might need to hire a tutor to help your child with their homework.
Help your child with his or her homework- you need to help your child with his or her homework to see where they are having problems. If more than two subjects are troubling your child then you might need to talk to your child’s teacher about whether or not the schoolwork is too hard for your child. Sometimes children might need to repeat a grade if they have too much trouble in school and fall behind so early prevention can be helpful.
Motivate your child to do well in school- you need to motivate your child to do well in school. You should offer your child praise when they do well in school. You can offer your child rewards in order to get them to do well in school but you need to try and motivate them so that they do well for themselves not just to get a reward. For younger children you can use stickers, match box cars, and inexpensive toys as rewards. Older children can be rewarded by receiving additional privileges, having a friend over, a raise in allowance, or a special day with mom or dad. Knowledge is a reward and children need to understand that; many children in third world countries have to fight just to get a good education. Children need to be grateful and fully understand how valuable their education is.
As a parent, you need to do what is best for your child. A good education gives children the chance to thrive and be well rounded individuals; you owe them the world and knowledge makes the world go round.