You’ve spent the past thirty days helping your child focus on academic performance to improve grades. Pull out your goal chart from day one. How does it look? Does it meet your expectations? More importantly, does it meet your child’s expectations? Has the increased focus on better academic behaviors paid off? Are your child’s grades moving in the right direction?
Continue to reinforce the study habits you introduced over the past thirty days. There will be slumps. A break in routine or neglectful study habits may result in lower grades. If that happens, get back up, dust everyone off, and get back on track. Perfection is unattainable, but attitude and effort are definitely within reach.
Now that your child is moving in the right direction, remind him or her to believe in himself. Peer pressure can be strong. Your child’s hard-earned success may take others by surprise, and they may try to cut him or her down because of it. Kids innately recognize the power of intelligence, which is why it’s so often labeled as uncool. The smart kid is different, and some kids can’t handle differences. They cover their own feelings of insecurity with insults. Many high-achieving students downplay their success so as not to appear different.
A little humility is a good thing. At the same time, you need to make sure you remind your child that he or she worked hard. Praise their efforts and assure them that smart is good. Remain supportive.
Tell your child that he or she should never be afraid of greatness. What others say is a reflection of how they see themselves.