Use report-card time to
set goals and celebrate academic success
Your middle schooler just brought home a report card. You can use
this as a learning opportunity if you:
- Talk about it. Are there any surprises--good or bad? Discuss
them. If you're upset about a particular grade, though, don't start
yelling. Not only will it shut down communication with your child,
it's also pointless. So stay calm. "I'm disappointed about that C
in language arts. We need to talk about it some more."
- Set goals. Use your child's report card to chart a course for
the rest of the year. If she did well, talk about how she can keep
up the good work. If she struggled, brainstorm ways to improve
things going forward. "You did a great job of turning in your
science homework, but you stumbled on tests. What if I start
quizzing you each night the week leading up to a test?"
- Celebrate. Straight A's are always a reason to celebrate, but
if your child worked hard to bring a C up to a B, she deserves a
pat on the back--or a surprise treat--too!
Reprinted with permission from the February 2015
issue of Parents Still make the difference!®
(Middle School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2015 The
Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.