Have you heard the story about the son who told his father that all he (the son) needed was an easy button to help him to do his homework without frustration and support from his dad?
I bet this dad thought he had finally found the solution to the nightly homework wars, the tears of frustration from his son, and usual “I’m tired of doing homework, can I go to bed now”?
So, this dad goes to Staples to pick up an “Easy Button”. While at the register, he asked the cashier if lots of parents already know about the “Easy Button”.
You can imagine how disappointed this dad and his son were when they found out the “Easy Button” wasn’t a homework help tool.
Truth is, there is no “Easy Button” to press and make learning struggles disappear. Especially when your child is constantly struggling with even the very basic (or not so basic) skills, and doing schoolwork or homework has become a nightmare.
Why is your child struggling in school?
Your child’s struggles could be caused by several factors, such as:
- He may have missed foundational skills over the years.
- He may have attention issues that make it difficult for him to focus in class and learn new concepts and skills.
- A family history of learning difficulties.
- He may have a poor memory that can make it hard for him to remember what he learned in class.
- He may have comprehension issues which could also affect his ability to understand new concepts the first time it’s taught in class.
- He may need to relearn new material more than once to become competent and independent with that skill.
But there is always something you can do as a parent.
- Find out why your child is struggling. If your child is in 1st grade and up, talk with your child to get his perspective. Sometimes you’d be surprised what you find out. Here’s a guide to help you do just that.
- Find out which concepts or skills are missing from your child’s learning toolbox, that is making it harder and harder for your child to perform at his potential.
- Be proactive. Seek specialized help right away. The help could be from your child’s teacher, a family member, or a tutor.
- Keep your child motivated as you look for the right resources to help him.