How Parents Can Help Their Struggling Child Succeed

How Parents Can Help Their Struggling Child Succeed

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So, just be a real one.” – Sue Atkins

Parents act as the ultimate role model for their children. No other outside factor can exert such a tremendous influence on children as parents can. Parents play a major role in the physical, psychological, intellectual, moral, and spiritual development of their children. Studies indicate that parental involvement is of extreme importance for a child to perform well academically.

Disabilities or learning difficulties, lack of attention from teachers, underachievement, and the like are some of the academic struggles or concerns faced by students. Academic struggles may adversely affect a student’s performance in class as well impact other aspects of his or her life.

Common Struggles Children Face

When a student has to put more effort than others around him or her to learn the same thing or accomplish the same task, he or she may be referred to as a struggling student.

Academic struggles may relate to a child’s performance in class or they may also reflect the child’s attitude or behavior towards fellow students and teachers. Some of the typical struggles that children may face are:

  • Lack of interest in the topics/subjects taught
  • Bullying
  • Learning disabilities because of physical or intellectual concerns
  • Difficulty to cope up with studies
  • Lack of adequate attention from the concerned academic authority
  • Financial difficulties and inability to pay fees
  • Misunderstanding the content taught
  • Issues relating to managing time and stalling

If the issues are not identified and resolved at an early stage, there may be an adverse effect on the child’s academic career as well as mental health later on. For example, if a child is not able to grasp basic mathematics at the elementary level, he or she may score less in the subject later on.

Ways in Which Parents Can Help Their Struggling Children

“Parenting is a life time job and does not stop when a child grows up.” – Jake Slope

Parents are the first teachers in a child’s life as learning begins right from the moment one takes birth. Let us look at some of the ways in which parents can help their children when the latter struggle academically.

1.Communicate with your child as well as his or her teacher:

“When needs are met through connection, hearts are opened to gentle, respectful, compassionate correction.”

Spend some moment each day with your child to interact with him or her. Get to know how the day has been, what problems he or she faced, if all is right with him or her. Sometimes, all it takes is an attentive ear and a willing heart to get to the root of a problem.

Similarly, interact with your child’s teachers and be in regular touch with them to monitor and track your child’s progress. Try to establish a win-win situation here by teaming with your child’s teacher on one side and your child on the other side. Collaborate with his or her teacher to help your child.

2.Be responsible for your child’s struggles:

It is commonly seen that parents blame the teacher when their child lags academically. It is wise to take a step back and accept responsibility for your child’s success or failure, both academic and non-academic. Remember your child spends more time with your than with the teacher. Attend Parent teacher conferences to keep a track of their academics.

3.Ensure that your child is doing his or her assignments on a regular basis:

Practice makes a man perfect. Similarly, assignments are meant to be done so that the content done in class are revised and practiced at home. Most often students neglect assignments. Consequently, when a new content is taught in class, they are not able to recall the previous content and fail to grasp the new content. Encourage your child to complete their assignments on time.

As a parent of a struggling student, make sure to talk with your child and check their homework regularly. Arrange a planner for them for easy tracking. Paying attention to this will ensure that they do not miss any subjects. Your child learning solely depends on you

4.Extend a helping hand to your child or arrange for guidance:

Often struggling students require additional guidance or help to do well. One of the parents can take the onus of helping the child do his or her homework, resolve queries, and the like. If both parents are working or are not academically competent to guide their children, a tutor can be arranged. It is wise to act soon to tackle the issues faced by your children.

Take out time to talk to them regarding their good times, study times, school events, friends and their daily activities.

5.Accept that your child is unique and motivate them accordingly:

Each child is special and so are the struggles. Do not be harsh in judging your child’s performance. Do not compare him or her with others. Recognize his or struggle and help them as required. Encourage them to perform to the best of their abilities so that they excel. But never push them to the point of breaking their spirit.

6.Manage the distractions that come their way:

Our lives are ruled by technology and the distractions that come with it. Children are affected and distracted by technology, social media, television, internet, and the like in multiple ways. Limit screen time and help your child to plan his or her day well. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. But all play will spoil Jack as well.

Remember the solution to every parenting problem starts with:

“I am here.”

“I hear you.”

“How can I help you?”


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