How to Help Your Child Feel Confident When They’re Struggling in School

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Going to school can be one of the best times in a child’s life, but also the most stressful. As a parent, you want your child to not only do well in school academically but socially as well. Here are a few ways that you can help your child be confident when it comes to making good grades as well as new friends.

Academically

With all of the frequent testing that takes place in school, your child may often feel intimidated by the pressure, especially if their grades aren’t as good as you’d like them to be. In order to help ease some of the stress and help your child feel more confident about their academics, let them know that they aren’t the only ones to struggle with school. There are some people who may grasp spoken information very quickly while otherslearn by being hands-on. Together, you can construct a study plan that can help your child absorb the information more easily, which will help build their assurance in class.

Socially

The availability of social media has increased bullying in schools. Being bullied can lead kids to struggle socially and know who they’re real friends are, which can deflate their confidence. Often times, when a child is being bullied, they can truly feel alone and not know who to talk to. If you suspect your child is being bullied, try having a conversation that can open the door for them to divulge without seeming as though you are prying. If your child does disclose that they are being bullied, try to keep your emotions at bay and just let them share. You want to help them by suggesting ways that they can handle the bullying themselves. Phrases such as, “Leave me alone,” “Back off,” or just simply ignoring a bully can often help tremendously. Bullies thrive on seeing a reaction, so advising your child to refrain from giving them one is a good way to put a quick stop to the bullying. By offering advice, you are helping your child without being overbearing.

Actively

If your child is doing great academically but find it difficult to make friends or is just not so confident, try encouraging them to participate in an extracurricular activity. Engaging in activities such as sports is a great way for your child to build confidence while making friends at the same time. Being a member of a team can help your child to feel as if they belong as well as give them a sense of accomplishment whenever their team wins a match or their drama group puts on a performance.

School is more than just a place to learn. It is also the place where children can develop their personality as well as learn many different life lessons. Not only will they learn how to solve academic problems, but they will face life problems that they must solve as well. By building an open line of communication and offering advice, you can help them to be more confident and successful in the classroom and in the world.

Here’s another article you might like: Reasons Why Your Child Might be Struggling in School

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