The New Year poses an interesting opportunity for new beginnings and a
clean slate. If your child is struggling, if homework is a daily battle
and if you don’t think your child is fulfilling their potential,
then these resolutions will help you and your family to turn over a new leaf.
Talk About It
It’s normal for bad grades to create tension in a home as parents
want to see their children succeed. It’s natural to want your child
to do well, so it’s vital to keep the lines of communication open.
If your child is reticent to talk about schoolwork because it is a source
of anxiety, consider finding a tutor who can also act as a mentor.
As your child does better academically, their confidence increases and
the strain on the family is often reduced. Keep communication lines open
by talking every day and by really listening to what your child has to say.
You want your children to succeed, but without a roadmap and goals, those
dreams are just wishes. Sit down with your child and their teachers and
talk about what you would like the new year to bring. Then let your child
formulate SMART goals.
S.M.A.R.T. goals are specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused,
and time- bound. The goals should be set by your child so that they are
more likely to take responsibility for fulfilling them.
Studies find that children who write down their goals are 42% more likely
to achieve them. Those who tell a friend increase their odds to a whopping
78%, so get them writing and talking about their goals. Have long- and
short-term goals so that little victories along the way fuel their enthusiasm.
One of the most important things to remember is that you are not alone.
Everyone can learn; just not in the same way. Your child is gifted and
capable, and you just need to find a way to teach that resonates with them.
Like you, teachers really want your child to grow and learn. They are invaluable
partners in your child’s success, so speak with them about what
goals are realistic and what you can do to achieve those goals. Check
in regularly with them to ascertain progress and continually update your
One-on-one tutoring with an in-home tutor is the best way to fill in the
missing building blocks in your child’s knowledge and help them
to catch up and keep up. Tutors can present information in a way that
your child can understand.
Encourage, rather than criticize and believe in your child. Offer rewards
when goals are reached and praise when even small improvements are made.
Changing the conversation about school and being positive will present
a wonderful example to your child and may change their attitudes towards school.
Be a Homework Helper
If homework is a daily struggle, help by creating an atmosphere conducive
to studying. Create a workspace that is well-lit and comfortable. Keep
siblings away when your child is studying and offer help and support when
needed. Homework time should be free from social media, TV and other distractions.
Let this year be your family’s best ever. Foster a positive atmosphere
for learning and the support your children need to fulfill their dreams.