As the school year moves along, our kids inevitably hit a few bumps along the way. They will encounter academic challenges that will cause them to lose momentum and the cadence of the new year will shift as the scramble to find the best way forward.
Often we don’t know about these things until we’re well into the first marking period and progress reports start coming home. We can have a heads up on the issues our kids may be facing and do our best to jump on it sooner rather than later.
5 Success Strategies for Tackling Academic Challenges include:
- Identify the problem – Is the problem strictly academic in nature? Has it just surfaced or is it been a recurring one?
- Help them decide on an action plan – What learning styles and motivation have to do with true learning.
- Be their compass – Goal setting and guidance and how we as parents can help our kids get there.
- Come up for air – More than just school and grades, how are we helping our kids discover other strengths that they can transfer to their overall education?
- Reward their efforts – Finding ways to motivate our kids so that they bring the best of themselves and value excellence over perfection.
If you missed our Back to School/Forward to Success Teleseminar Series- Part 2–Tackling Academic Challenges, you can:
Wishing you and your family all the best for a successful school year!
Donna and Pat
Tip 4–Come up for air
When grades and school become a focal point, we can tend to get tunnel vision and only see our children in their role as students. We need to relax a bit and remember that by developing them as well-rounded individuals we help to make them better students as well.
What do they like to do? Where do they excel? They need to also hear good, upbuilding things about themselves and know that there is more to life than just getting good grades on their report cards. Draw out every gift, every talent, and every area of strength and interest that can help them feel excited about their school year. Sports, clubs and after school activities can help our kids feel like they are still part of things at school even though they may be struggling academically. As we relate to our kids as people, not just students, our relationship with them will be based on our strong, unbreakable bond not on their performance.
Tip 3–Be their compass
As we continue looking at tackling our kids academic challenges, we know that it’s not enough to just get the ball rolling and walk away. This is the time to monitor progress by checking the school homework site, staying in touch with teachers and counselors, and remaining vigilant about helping our kids stay on top of the school work brought home everyday.
This is also a time to assist them as they learn more about themselves-the way they learn, the topics that interest them, the gifts and talents they’ve been given and what they might be able to do with all of it. It’s important to encourage them so that they see that even subjects and activities that might not seem to have any relevance today actually prepare them for their future, promote their mental development as well as help them gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the world around them.
As parents, we know all to well how important it is to cheer our kids on if they may have drifted a bit or reel them back in if they seem to have totally lost their way. We need to be their compass and offer them guidance and direction. Our input is so vital to their academic progress and success.