Expect the Unexpected: When Your Child Gets Failing Grades at School

As a parent, it can be troubling when you see that your child is failing in a class. You might even start panicking and
thinking of all sorts of reasons their grades are dropping. Unfortunately, reacting that way is not going to help
matters, and it certainly won't help your child. Consider following these steps so that you can assist in solving the
problem and avoid making it bigger than it actually is.

Pause Before Reacting -Parents commonly react in anger to the news of a child's failure in class. Sometimes, the
anger is followed by a hasty conclusion on why it happened, such as focusing on other things instead of on studies.
While you may think that it's warranted, you'll make your child more likely to argue with you, or worse, to shut you
out of their lives, leaving you unable to help them. If this is your tendency, then give yourself time to sort out your
emotions before you go and discuss the issue with your kid.

Take Time to Listen -After you've calmed down, you can now proceed to hearing your child out. Let them explain
what had happened and what they feel led up to the failure. Try not to make comments in the middle of their
answer. Wait for them to finish and make sure that you have analyzed the situation carefully before you give your
opinion. Also, do not be quick to judge - stay open-minded to other options, even if it means less traditional modes
of education, such as taking high school classes online, instead. This is especially convenient if the problem is the
distance of the school from where you live, or if, say, your child is struggling with the social setting. Also bear in
mind that everyone learns differently, and your child may very well excel with an online education model. When
they see that you're listening and are truly open to getting them the help they need, your child will be encouraged to
try, and try again. They will likewise learn to trust you with future situations, instead of hide things from you.

Communicate With Instructors -Solving the problem involves getting to know all the aspects of the problem.
When it comes to school and failing grades, part of the story also lies with your child's teachers. After all, they're
the ones who discuss the lessons with the students and evaluate how much they've learned. Get to know them and
communicate with them about your child's problem. Ask for their input on your child's failing marks.

Figure Things Out -Now that you have the information you need, it's time to help your child come up with
solutions. What can they do on their end, and what can you do to support them? For example, they may find
certain lessons hard to understand. You may suggest something like studying in advance, or encouraging them to
ask questions in class. The two of you can also arrange a regular study time where you can help them tackle
subjects that they find difficult.

Teach Them to Handle Failure- No matter how much we try to prevent them, failure will always come in one form
or another. This is a fact that parents have to let their kids realize at some point in their early life. Otherwise, they'll
be faint-hearted when they grow older and have to face failure on their own. Become an example of taking
responsibility and having a learning attitude towards failure and mistakes.

One of the parent's responsibilities is to guide their kids towards being able to live on their own. And a lesson that they need to learn is to face failure and use it to move forward. Help your child arrive at solutions when they need it, or support and encourage them when they have to go through their challenge by themselves.

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