As parents we are always trying to help our children do the best they can do in life and in school. Sometimes it seems like a hard, uphill battle.
Common scenario - Your sweetheart is doing their homework and starts to fidget, complain, say it is too hard, throw a book or two. You walk over and try to help. You may be a bit upset with your child and can't quite understand why they would act this way, right? Of course, you hold your patience and ask them what is wrong? They tell you that they hate math or reading and possibly they feel dumb, or sadly sometimes even cry. Heartbreaking!
What can be done to help? Basics first. Did your child eat well today, did he or she have a good snack before homework time? Is it late and did he or she have a hard day? Most important, chat with your child.
Let them tell you if they had a hard day, did they get hurt that day, was the teacher grumpy that day, do they feel okay? In short, just let them talk to you for a bit, so that they feel that you are listening to their upsets.
After that, when everyone feels better, talk about the homework.
Let's take math for example - A typical third grader is learning his multiplying and some division. For some, these principals are very overwhelming. Do a quick check on what parts of multiplying your sweetheart feels good about, and then work on one number at a time.
Study them in order, then out of order, do some flash cards maybe. Make it a game with a small reward at the completion of each number not known. Target $1 bin and the dollar store is a great place for prizes.
Center on successes! Reinstate their feeling of being able to win and learn! This will go a long way to reestablish their self confidence!
Children learn at different paces! We are individuals! Conquer small things at a time. If all the subjects are in jeopardy, do each a bit at a time, do not get overwhelmed!
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