Report Card Blues? 7 things parents can do to help!

When your child brings home a disappointing report card, take time to process all of the information before reacting. Knowing how to deal with a poor report card may require you to step back and look at things from a different perspective. Following are some steps to achieve that end:

  1. Read the grading key: What looks to you like a poor grade may not be as bad as it seems.
  2. Ask how grades are weighted: If more emphasis is put on tests and your child has a hard time taking tests, his grades may not reflect his true understanding of the subject.
  3. Praise the positive: Find something positive on the report card so your child knows you’re not just looking at the negative.
  4. Talk about the poor grades without losing your temper: Talk to him about your expectations and why he thinks he hasn’t met them in a calm manner.  Otherwise he may feel humiliated and ashamed rather than motivated to work harder.
  5. Listen to your child: Even though he has a million excuses, he may also have some insights. Maybe he’s distracted or embarrassed to ask for help. Maybe he’s tired from too many extracurricular activities.
  6. Come up with a game plan to improve the next report card: Set realistic goals and brainstorm ways to meet those goals. Realistic is the key word here.
  7. Provide supports: Help your child access the supports he needs. Contact his teacher, help him organize his time and get him 1-on-1 tutoring if necessary.

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