Overcome learning problems by focusing on strengths

Posted by Newsletter on 3/1/2020

Student studying Success is contagious. So if your child struggles in science, for example, point out how well she’s doing in another subject. This can motivate her to transfer her strengths to science, too.

Try these ideas:

  • Ask your child what class she thinks she does the best in. The key is to get her feeling positive about what she can accomplish.
  • Have her list some reasons why that area is a strength for her. This list can be the beginning of a plan for doing well in other classes.
  • Add some positive notes of your own to her list. Examples could be that she is a good listener, she doesn’t give up easily or she always completes homework assignments on time.
  • Brainstorm together and make a plan. For example, “One of the reasons you earned a good grade in math is that you always asked questions after class if there was something you didn’t quite understand. What do you think might happen if you did the same in your science class?”
  • Have update meetings. Pledge that you and your child will meet together once a week for an update. Ask her to give you specific examples of how she used her strengths. Talk about the results and discuss strategies for where she can go from here.

Reprinted with permission from the March 2020 issue of Parents Still make the difference!® (Middle School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.