When Kids Fall Short
So your child wanted to improve in math, but he got another C on the latest test. Now what? Try these steps.
- Review the goal with your child. Maybe it was too vague or too ambitious.
- Ask your child for suggestions. Children are more likely to follow through on their own ideas about what else they can do.
- Help envision the benefits. Ask: "What do you think it will feel like to do better on the next test?"
- Share your childhood frustrations. Your child might feel better when you tell him about your difficulties learning fractions.
- Compliment him. Even if your child doesn't get the A he hoped for, make sure to praise him for trying ("I'm so proud of how hard you studied!").
- Don't use threats or bribes. Offering a video game in exchange for an A, or a punishment for a D, won't help your child's follow-through in the long run.