Parenting Adolescents When it Comes to Report Cards

One of your parenting goals is to monitor your child's education. Unfortunately, you may not know the truth about how your child is doing in school until you see the report card. Public schools are overcrowded and the staff is overworked and underpaid. Most schools cannot take the time to contact you every time your child's grades begin to slip. Do not fault the school system for that, for it is really your responsibility to check in periodically between report cards with their teachers as well as attend parent-teacher conferences.

Here are some suggestions on how to go about supporting your kid's education:

  1. Take the time to check your child's homework. Discuss the various classes, and ask questions.
  2. If there are any comments written on their homework that you do not understand, save the paper and call the school or teacher and discuss how you can help your child learn.
  3. Ask your child's teachers if they feel your child is keeping pace with the rest of the class. If not, you need to deal with what is difficult for them and look at some options, one of which may be tutoring.
  4. It is your right as well as your responsibility to contact the school if need be. Do not hesitate to schedule a meeting with their teacher. They know how hard it is when parenting adolescents.
  5. If the teacher sends home a progress report notice at the beginning of the year rather than report cards, make sure you are up to date on how often they generate these reports and what they cover.

Yeah! You've met another parenting goal. The continued responsibility of monitoring their education. In the long term, your care and attention will tell your child how important they are to you, as well as teach them the value of learning.