Is your kid struggling in school? Here's what not to do
Is your child consistently scoring poor marks in his or her exams? Is he or she showing great apathy towards studies? Does he or she seem distracted a lot these days? Is your child showing social anxiety as well? Do you get complaints from school authorities that your child is a troublemaker? Or is he or she reluctant to mix with others in school? If your child is showing such symptoms, beware. Needless to say, your child is struggling in school and needs help. If this is the case, don't panic and don't do the following things that can make matters worse:
No rule of fear
If you still believe that relentless chastising and all kinds of old-school punishing methods (such as making him or her do sit-ups) work best, grow up! Don't just yell at your child or think of harsh punitive measures, instead open all communication channels. Encourage him or her to talk to you freely, so that you can find out what's ailing your child.
Experts say that this is a common mistake parents make. If it's not a bed of roses for your child in school, don't start comparing him or her to his or her peers. Your child has his or her individual strengths and weaknesses, so focus on what can be done to nurture his or her individual talents.
Don't impose more rules
If you are prone to laying down strict rules for your home, don't be overstrict, if you find your child failing to cope with everyday pressure in school or at home. Relax the rules and be a friend to your child.
If your child is struggling in school, it doesn't mean that he or she isn't intelligent. Don't doubt your child's intellectual capabilities and don't pull him or her down in front of others. Instead appreciate the good things he or she does.
Don't have impossibly high expectations
Now, this can be greatly detrimental to your child's progress in life. Keep your expectations real. If you have really high expectations and your child finds it difficult to meet them, this situation can lead to serious psychological problems for your child. Tell your child that it's okay to fail in life sometimes - —the sky won't fall if he or she doesn't win all the time!
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