Make sure that your child knows that his/her
academic progress is important to you. Know as many details
about the school's calendar and procedures as possible-when
do progress reports come out? report cards? when is open
house? Participate.if it's important to you it's probably
important to your child.
Discuss classes and set realistic
Set realistic goals according to your child's
abilities and help them talk through their plan to achieve
this. Help them evaluate their progress every couple of weeks
and re-evaluate the plan at the end of a grading period.
Recognize your child's efforts and improvement. Rewards can
be effective in helping motivate a student, as well as logical
consequences. (Taking away a positive activity sports, music
lessons, scouting etc may prove counter productive.)
"Success is a state of mind. If you want success,
start thinking of yourself as successful." Anonymous
Student's who are involved in school-related
activities enjoy school more and they have a greater academic
success. Encourage your child to get involved.
"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard
work, so most people don't recognize them." Ann Landers
Be available to help
It's your child's responsibility to be organized, to get
homework done, and prepare for tests, however, it is important
for you to be available to help (don't give more help that
Don't nag about school or grades
Don't allow your child to miss school unless he/she is
Don't criticize a teacher in front of a child
Don't make your child's failures or successes your own.
Your child may see getting poor grades as a way to rebel.
Don't have expectations that are unrealistic. If your child
knows that your expectations cannot be met, he/she may not
Work with the school
Know that the teachers, counselors, and principals are
there to help your child get the best education possible.
A health problem, death in the family, or divorce can affect
your child's attitude and/or performance in school. Call
the school if you need to share significant events affecting
your child. If you have an issue that relates to a specific
teacher or class, call or e-mail the teacher.
"Successful people have learned to make themselves do the
thing that has to be done when it has to be done, whether
they like it or not." Aldous Huxley