Report card day or a parent-teacher conference (if your child is too young to get a report card) may fill some parents with dread and anxiety. What if the teacher says negative things about your child? What if you find out that your child isn’t performing the way you expect him to? And the list goes on.
According to faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila Education Department and former school administrator Rita Atienza, and Brent International School Baguio kindergarten and middle school teacher Riya Morales, there are ways to prepare yourself for this day.
1. Work with your child. “In my experience, the most successful students are those who get consistent support from home,” says Morales. “Being around your child while doing schoolwork gives you a pretty good idea of your child's work habits and his or her learning style. This allows you to make realistic expectations of what your child could achieve.”
Atienza also suggests regularly talking to your child about how he feels about school, his subjects, teachers, and his performance. “However, do not pressure the child or else he will not be honest with you about this,” she warns.
2. Set goals together. Both Atienza and Morales stress the importance of doing this even before school begins.
“Help the child make goals that are high enough to be realistic and attainable but not so high that the child experiences child stress,” suggests Atienza. “Respect those goals and be happy if the child reaches them.” “This gives them a sense of accountability for their performance,” adds Morales. “Knowing that there are expectations of them, but being secure that they will get help if they need it, gives them internal motivation.”
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