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What do I do if my child is failing in school?

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Last Updated: 01/07/2019 at 10:10pm
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Top Rated Answers
December 26th, 2014 3:07pm
If a child is failing in school, it is probably not the only thing going on. The easiest and hardest answer is to ask you child. Ifthey willnot talk or are lashing out, ask about observations from teachers and staff. You may need to seek outside professional help and you may not depending on the situation.
October 1st, 2014 8:45pm
Try and see what is the issue that they're having, Follow up with their teachers and see what area they are having troubling. Seek out the best solution that can help them and make them more likely to progress. Also let them know that you are there and they have your support.
October 22nd, 2014 11:20pm
try to understand why you're child is having problems, if needed seek tutoring after school for your little one :)
October 28th, 2014 11:04am
You can do whatever you can to help them, you could make sure they're getting all their homework done and help them with things they're struggling with, you could even consider getting a tutor. Or just make sure everything in their life is ok because if they are suffering from things such as depression or anxiety that may effect their grades
November 12th, 2014 10:35am
As much as we earn worldly credentials in schools, we all have a Genie inside us and and have one or more gifts within. Please find what your child's interests are and encourage and help to do more of it so he/she feels more worthy and and will have more self confidence in identifying himself as a winner. Please let me know if you would like to read inspiring stories of historical people who were not great academics.
August 1st, 2015 12:18pm
Talk to your child's teacher/s. Parent-Teacher communication is key in developing a plan to support your child in their learning. Your child's teacher/s should be able to tell you what you can do to support your child's learning at home and they may be able to provide some insight as to why your child is struggling. Be a strong advocate for your child. Insist that your child's learning needs are catered for within the classroom if possible. Your child's teacher/s should be able to explain how they are differentiating the class programme to meet your child's needs. If they are unable to provide this information, you should share your concerns with the principal (or whoever it's appropriate to contact at your school). Encourage your child to have a growth mindset: Brains and talent matter, but hard work and dedication matter more. Give lots of praise for their perseverance and do your best to promote the positives in their learning.
October 18th, 2014 5:02pm
You need to talk to them for sure. Although don't make them feel uncomfortable, you should be more like a trusted friend than a parent at that time. Ask why they're having trouble with. Ask if they'll consider a tutor, too.
November 3rd, 2014 7:25am
try to find his issue of failing don't scold him. Give him attention . Usually children fail in school because they lack attention and good parenting
November 17th, 2014 4:38pm
Well, search for help. It's not good to put too much pressure on your child. Take it easy but help him or her.
April 10th, 2015 4:17pm
Talk to him about it. Talk about the classes or subjects he is struggling with. Then after that, maybe you can set up a time to help him with the struggles he is having at school or maybe get him a tutor. Many schools offer help to students after school if they are struggling with something. With a little help, he will improve. If the problem is that he can't keep concentrated in school maybe your child has difficult paying attention so you can reach out to a doctor. The important thing is to identify what is causing the problem so you can guys can then concentrate on improving at school.
May 23rd, 2015 12:30pm
First of all his not fail his got one more chance to make it concrete like power full. In sports the failure is taken as practice. Appreciate him for another try. Failure is not an end its point which says try it different way.
June 6th, 2015 11:59am
Find out why your child is failing. Are there problems at home? Is he getting bullied? Does he have a learning disability? Until you find the root of the problem, you cannot solve it. But, once you do, you can begin working towards success.
December 13th, 2016 6:55pm
Talk to them calmly. Getting upset, raised tone, or panicking won't help either of you. It can be hard to keep calm and approach them, but nicely walking up and talking about their day, asking what's going on, and looking into their grades can work. Kids can be very difficult creatures (yeah... I admit to being that) but we usually just want respect and to feel like we're treated equal to you guys as -Human Beings-.
January 16th, 2017 5:39am
Let him/her know that it's alright to fail but important to learn from the failure. Failures are an important lesson as to what did not work in one's favor. Take the case of Albert Einstein. He failed multiple times in school only to be known as a Genius later on. Why? Because he didn't give up on his thirst for learning. Induce a similar craving for knowledge in your child and you're golden as a parent!
January 7th, 2019 10:10pm
Well, when your child is failing in school and your child is doing there best, you have to continue to try to encourage your child to keep trying to do their best and don't give in to quitting. You might have to try to help get your child a tutor to try to help break things down a little better so that your child can began to understand. I do not know if you believe in God but I had to tell my daughter that we were doing all we can do and she had to put faith in God and ask God to help her. She did this and now she is a Honor Roll student that actually finished High School almost with honors and did finish college with honors. I know what you are going through because we experience this with our daughter the first three years of school. So hang in there my friend and I wish nothing but the best for you and your child.