When Your Child Is Struggling at School

by Sarah Pfaff

It can be discouraging to learn that your tween is struggling academically. Don’t wait for the problem to work itself out — act now. Here are some practical steps toward helping:

  • Meet with teachers. Ask questions, listen and take notes.
  • Research problem areas, and learn how you can provide practice and structure. Most academic struggles can be alleviated by consistent practice in the home.
  • Most schools have an Internet-based accountability system where parents can access grades. Check it daily. When needed, follow up with teachers via email.
  • Set up a reward system that you develop together with your tween. Follow through and make sure to celebrate successes.

When parents and teachers unite, students have the best chance to experience academic success.


This article appeared in the October/November 2012 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2012 by Sarah Pfaff. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.

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