What do you do when your child brings home a bad grade? As a parent, I feel like my wife and myself have run the gamut for things to do to try and get our kids to care more about school. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, we have good kids, but we also have kids who lack motivation.
It took awhile, but our kids are almost all now in the category of getting actual grades. Unlike when most of us were kids, children now are graded with descriptive words or letter combos that are not the letter grades we grew up with for the first few years of grade school.
And maybe it’s just tough for me to learn, but when my kid brings home a PS or SP or whatever they are substituting for actual grades these days, it just doesn’t carry the same weight.
So of course, having REAL letter grades is a step in the right direction, maybe.
That is until your kids bring home D’s and F’s, and then bring home multiple D’s and F’s. And I’m not talking about kids who just aren’t bright enough, after all, our oldest tests in the 97-98% range for his age. But when it comes to study habits, they might as well be a foreign language.
I realize that school bores some kids.
I realize that our school systems are quite antiquated.
I realize that there are plenty of people who can’t cut it in school and turn out great.
But with all this in mind, how do you motivate the unmotivated?
Rewards don’t work, taking stuff away isn’t working, yelling and screaming don’t work, talking quietly doesn’t work. So what will?
Forgive me for being less than helpful with this post, but I’m guessing that my wife and I aren’t alone when it comes to this frustration and I’m hoping our growing ChoreMonster parent community can provide some insight into what has worked for you.