How can I help my child resolve problems before next year?
There are just 12 days of school left this year. While all parents hope that their child had a wonderful experience this school year, sometimes this is not the case. His grades have dropped and he doesn't seem as interested in school as he once did.
You may be disappointed, but the important thing now is to take action to help your child have a better year next year.
Laurence Steinberg and Ann Levine, in "You and Your Adolescent," offer the following suggestions:
Talk to teachers and school officials. Ask them why they think your child's performance and interest have dropped. Get suggestions for helping him.
Think about messages you send your child. Have you made clear that school is very important?
Get your child's opinion. Pick a time when you are both relaxed. Ask your child what has bothered him about this past school year.
Work together on a system to help your child improve. What does he think would motivate him to try harder? Set a goal you can both live with. Write down steps for reaching that goal.
Call your doctor. Could your child have a physical problem? The doctor may want to examine him.
The last day of school for seniors is June 1. The last day for grades kindergarten through 11 is June 6.
The first day of school for the 2007-2008 school year in Norwalk is Aug. 28.
Dr. Wayne Babcanec is the superintendent of Norwalk City Schools. His column appears every other Friday. For more information on Norwalk City Schools, call (419) 668-2779.