Poor School Performance? Don’t Blame Your Child Just Yet

By | May 3, 2017

Guys, I’ve written about issues with school before. You may recall my post about the dreaded school phone call. Well, today, I’m thinking about school performance. What are the issues that can stop your child performing well at school and what are the first signs of these problems? If you can hit these issues on the nose early on, you can stop them causing low grades that might stay with your kid all the way up until college.

Send Me To Sleep…Or Not

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When you have young children, they’ll probably have a bedtime up until their teens. Even then they might have a bed time it just could be later and eventually, you’ll trust them to decide when they should go to bed. This is the basic journey towards independence. However, you might find that when you send your kids to bed, they’re not actually going to sleep. If this is happening, they’re going to be more tired than they should be in the morning. They might even be grumpy and throw a few tantrums before school. So, if you are having trouble during the time before school, this could be the reason. The first step is to find out what’s causing the lack of sleep.

It’s possible that once you send them to sleep, they immediately pull out the 3DS and start catching the Pokemon that only appear at night. Or perhaps, they’re reading one of the favorite books by nightlight. Any issue like this is easily corrected by checking in your kids when they are sleeping. You might even hear them get up to grab the toy once you put them to bed.

It’s also possible that they’re just not comfortable. As kids get older, you might want to think about getting them a bigger bed. This is particularly useful if they’re going through a growth spurt and will soon need more room to workout. If you have a look at companies such as John Ryan by Design, you can also find different mattresses. You might find your child has a better night sleep on a softer mattress.

Of course, it may be that the lack of sleep is due to night terrors. If that’s the case, you need to figure out what’s scaring your child and help them develop a coping mechanism.

Bullying

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The problem with bullying is that you won’t always know that it’s happening. However, if you do notice a sharp drop in school performance, you can bet it’s going to be something to do with their school life. They might be having trouble with another student, or they could have just fallen out with the people in their friendship group.

If you do see a drop in performance, you should ask your child what’s going on. They might open up to you. If they don’t, speak to one of their teachers and see if they have noticed any signs of bullying or even unhappiness at school.

Bullying is a difficult issue to deal with at school because there is often no right answer. Even if you think you have the answer, it will probably have unexpected consequences. For instance, you might think that the best thing to do is to sit down with the parents of the bully. However, you may find that they are less than responsive and instead simply ignore your issue. At that point, you might decide to go to the school, but this can cause your child to be dismissed by the rest of the students as essentially a ‘snitch.’ And of course, there’s the classic, let them work it out themselves. But, if it’s starting to affect their school work, it may indeed be time for you to step in.

Eyesight

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This is usually an issue for younger children at school. When children are young, their eyes are still developing, and they might need glasses. Unfortunately, a child won’t know this so they won’t be able to tell you. That’s why it’s important that you do make sure you get your child’s eyes tested regularly otherwise the first sign might be an issue with them seeing the front of the class. By that point, they may have already failed a few tests.

Diet

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Or finally, you might discover that an issue with your kid’s diet is the reason for their difficulties at school. It’s crucial that kid’s get the right food to give them the energy they need to get through the day. Otherwise, they can experience higher levels of fatigue, and this often makes getting through class an absolute nightmare.

*This is a collaborated post.