Why Is My Child Getting Bad Grades? Part 3

poor grades

Continued from Part 2 

Anxiety And Depression (Continued)

What You Can Do About It

Your child’s anxiety treatment may consist of professional counseling, medications, or a combination of the two. Some forms of depression and anxiety can be conquered by identifying the root problem and taking care of that instead. Your child may need to complete child counseling to be able to lead a healthier and happier life. Feel free to contact Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers to learn more about our anxiety and depression counseling and therapy.

Note that anxiety and depression symptoms may be signs of other mental or emotional issues your child is facing. It may be wise to set up a professional psychological evaluation to gain better insight on your child’s specific needs.

A Lack Of Discipline

Children need discipline to understand how society works and where they fit into the equation. As a parent or guardian, it is your job to show your child the right way to behave and function as they get older. If your child is disorganized, inattentive, disrespectful, or apathetic about school and life in general, a strong foundation of discipline may put him back on the right course.

The Difference Between Discipline And Punishment

It is important to note that discipline does not mean the same thing as punishment. Discipline teaches your children right from wrong, good from bad, etc. before an event happens. Punishment occurs after your child has done something wrong.
While you may use punishment as part of your disciplinary strategy, you need to focus more on educating your child, rather than punishing him afterward.

Discipline is preventative. Punishment is retroactive. 

What You Can Do About It

If you do not have rules or structure in your home, now may be a good time to establish them. This could involve a number of different steps on your end: creating a chore chart, writing down specific rules for the house, outlining consequences for breaking house rules, etc. Your child may not like the new rules at first, but eventually he will appreciate the organization and discipline. This will ultimately translate to better grades in school as he begins to apply the lessons you teach at home to his academic life.

Final Takeaway

No matter what the cause may be for your child’s bad grades, do what you can to support him and identify the root of the problem. Punishment is going to be ineffective if there is a bigger issue going on than laziness or apathy. If you need advice or you want to set up a counseling session for you and your child, reach out to the counselors and therapists at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers. We are here to help every step of the way.