THIS MONTH'S TOPIC -WHAT DO I DO WHEN MY CHILD IS STRUGGLING AT SCHOOL?
"Every child learns differently and at different paces. We often find ourselves caught in the comparison game. Make sure you know your child's strengths and that you've communicated those to your child. God created us all with strengths and weaknesses.
Here's the harsh reality, even if our child struggles academically, he'she still HAS to get an education. How do we help them succeed to the best of his/her ability?
-Stop the comparison game and figure out with an expert (teacher/pediatrician) if your child is truly behind.
-Determine the subject/area in which your child struggles most and give that area attention. Don't forget that many problems originate from a child's inability to organize their things. Help them figure out a way to stay organized!
-Don't be afraid to ask for help. Ask your child's teacher/pediatrician if tutoring will help. They'll have a perspective that will help you know if your child is just a bit behind or has some sort of delay.
-If it comes to it, don't be afraid to have your child assessed for special education. Many children just need the opportunity to learn differently and special education offers this. God has made your child fearfully and wonderfully, and ALL God's works are wonderful! Know strengths, work on weaknesses. Many times our strengths teach us how to adapt our weaknesses."
Also, scroll below to find additional age specific help for your child in the coming year. We encourage you to try some of the ideas shared in the videos and attached resources to help you intentionally shape your child in God's ways.
Each Rite of Passage provides two videos for you as a parent to watch. The first video is the "why" video. It explains why you should walk through the Rite of Passage. The other video is the "how to" video providing you with a step-by-step guide in how to set up these Rites of Passage. Here's a description of the associated documents:
- The Kickstarter is the biblical background for each Rite of Passage
- The Parent Guide is an extension of the "how to" video
- The Developmental Guide helps you know what's going on physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually with your child