Every parent wants their child to be successful at school and to thrive academically. But report cards that do not reveal a child’s true capacity for learning and sometimes children come home with bad grades. There is a lot you can do to help in case your tween is struggling with bad grades. For one, be understanding about any challenges your child might be facing, such as social issues or even issues at home. Next, help your child improve his grades. Review Homework: The best way to know if your child is struggling is to review the home work from time to time. You might flag a problem before it becomes serious by doing so. You can also take the opportunity to coach your child and help answer questions he might be having. Consider making flash cards with your child to help him prepare for quizzes or tests in addition to this. Make Studying Fun: Let’s face it. Most kids don’t love homework. But helping your child attend to his studies is important. While he pushes through his assignments try to make homework enjoyable by providing snacks while he’s studying, encouraging him, or even keeping him company.
Consider doing something together when his homework is completed, such as taking a walk or making dinner together. Giving him something to look forward to can help him focus on his studies in order to complete them. Contact His Teachers: You need to make contact with his teachers in case isn’t doing well at school. Ask for a parent/teacher conference, either by phone or in person. Go over his homework, tests and quizzes and ask for specific advice and suggestions on what you might do to help your child. It might be worth your while to contact the school guidance counselor in case you think a teacher isn’t supporting your child at school, or helping to answer questions your child might be having. In order to give the counselor a complete picture of your child’s problem, keep track of any conversations you have with your child’s teacher, including by email. Tutors really do work, and they can help improve your child’s bad grades. Some tutors work for free, others are fee based, usually by the hour. Contact your child’s school for recommendations, or ask other parents for the names of tutors they’ve used to find a tutor. Sometimes teachers offer after school assistance, for students who are struggling. Parents can stress their children out, and that can severely impact your child’s performance at school. Try not to place too much pressure on your child to succeed. Let him know that you have faith in his abilities, and that you know he’s trying his best. Offer positive encouragement, and let him know that you’re there to help him every step of the way. Sometimes grades suffer when something in life is going wrong. Find out if your child is dealing with bullying, rejection at school, or some other issue, such as puberty. You may find that once that problem has been resolved, your child’s grades improve.