Why Is My Child Getting Bad Grades? Part 1

bad grades

All parents want their children to succeed in school. When a problem arises, most parents automatically start questioning, “Why is my child getting bad grades?” This may be a result of laziness or improper teaching, but it could also be the result of a mental or emotional struggle that the child is trying to deal with. If you are worried about your son or daughter’s academic performance, you may want to look for hidden causes that may be lurking under the surface.

Here are some common reasons why children get bad grades in school and what you can do to correct them.

Stress At Home Or At School

Stress impacts different people in different ways. Some use it as motivation to succeed, and others fall victim to the pressure. This applies to children just as much as it does adults. If your child is overwhelmed by stress at school or at home, he may not be able to focus on homework, tests, and lessons from day to day. Your child may be vocal about his stress, or he may be too embarrassed to discuss it with you. You’ll need to watch for signs of uncharacteristic behavior, such as lower grades, to identify when your child is experiencing stress.

Causes Of Stress

Children may face stress for a number of reasons, including:

  • Bullying
  • Fighting At Home (Between Parents Or Other Family Members)
  • Residual Stress From Parents
  • Difficulty Making Friends
  • Peer Pressure
  • Low Self-Esteem Or Poor Body Image
  • Excessive Responsibilities At Home Or School
  • A Lack Of Support (Neglected Family Time, Limited Friends, Etc.)

What You Can Do About It

Obviously the goal here is to relieve the stress that your child is facing. How you go about that will depend on the cause of the stress in the first place. If your child’s stress is a result of issues at home, you will have more control over the situation than you would when the child is at school. For instance, if you and your spouse have been fighting recently, you may seek marriage and family counseling to resolve your issues and reduce the conflict in your home.

If your child is stressed about making friends, you may consider getting him involved in a new activity away from school. Join a local sports team or get him involved with your church youth group. Find an activity that truly makes your child happy, and let him use that time to relieve his stress.

Continue to Part 2