When There’s a Problem
If your child is not doing well or is beginning to have behavioral problems in school:
• Monitor your child’s attendance and school performance. Periodically check in with your child’s teachers to find out how things are going.
• In some cases, a tutor can help a student who has fallen behind or who has missed important earlier concepts.
• Sometimes, a child’s personality may clash with that of the teacher or another student. Meet directly with the teacher to determine if there is a problem or if there has been a misunderstanding. In some cases, it may benefit everyone if you request that your child be transferred to a different classroom.
• Concentrate on your child’s goals. Instead of focusing on why he/she is unsuccessful in school, have your child identify his/her future goals; develop a list of school, home, and personal barriers to reaching those goals; and devise strategies to address the barriers.
• If you think your child may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, contact the school psychologist, social worker, or counselor, help line, or organization for information and advice.
*Excerpted from The Role of Parents in Dropout Prevention: Strategies that Promote Graduation and School Achievement, National Center on Secondary Education and Transition