School is meant to be fun, exciting and interesting, and, as a parent, it can be tough watching your child struggling through it.


Constantly coming home upset because they didn't do well in an exam or becoming distressed at the mere thoughts of doing their homework can really affect their self confidence and love of learning. 


But there are things that you can do to help them get back on track; simple things that will have them looking forward to going into class. 


1. Talk to them WITHOUT judgement

One of the most obvious tips, it is often over-looked as parents sometimes look at the bigger picture rather than focusing in on one aspect.


Ask your child how they feel at school, if they are getting on with their friends or if they think they'd benefit from extra tuition.


Talking to them should always be your first port of call - and do so without any judgement.



2. Communicate with their teacher 

Having a quick chat with their teacher is probably the most effective way to figure out the next step when your child is really struggling.


They may have a good insight into what is hampering their progress and be able to offer advice on the best steps to give them a helping hand.



3. Don't place blame on them OR the school 

Telling your child that they aren't working hard enough or restricting devices or leisure time won't help, nor will placing blame on either the teacher or the school.


Don't join in when they criticise their teacher nor should you assume that your son or daughter is acting up in class.


Until you know the exact cause of what is going on it, remain open-minded - and always on your child's side. 



4. Address it now - don't wait for things to get better

Once a student falls behind in their work it can be be tough (but not impossible) to get them back on track when things are sorted.


This is why it is important you don't 'give it time' in the hope that things will improve - you need to deal with it now. 



5. Rule out a physical problems

While it is easy to jump to the conclusion that there is something wrong in the classroom, you should also remember to rule out any physical problems.


Issues with sight (needing glasses) or hearing can impair your child's ability to participate in the classroom, and a quick trip to your GP or eye specialist will rule these out. 





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