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06/07/2016

What To Do About Behavioral Problems At School

Having a child is one of the most incredible experiences that life has to offer. However, it can also be challenging and sometimes you may feel that you struggle to understand your child's behavior. Most parents experience problems with their child’s behavior at some point during their school years. These behavioral issues can have an impact on their grades and their relationships with teachers. This creates a cycle in which your child can feel isolated and begin to act out even more. Fortunately, the experts at The Tutoring Center of The Woodlands have put together this guide for how to deal with behavioral problems at school.

Try to Avoid Blame

If your child is behaving badly at school, it’s likely because something is not working for them. If they do not know how to express themselves verbally, they may express their emotions through bad behavior. The key to resolving these issues is to identify where these feeling come from, what they relate to, and how to deal with them, instead of just punishing them and hoping they learn from it. Take a moment to think about your child’s situation. Has your child been experiencing any significant life changes recently? Life is complicated, and we can’t always protect our children from adult events. Even moving house can be an extremely significant life event for a child. Think about their current situation and try to identify any ‘triggers’ for this new bad behavior. If you are not able to identify any potential triggers in your child’s home and family life, think about their school and social life – have they had a falling out with a friend? Do they seem to be getting on well with their classmates? School, particularly secondary school, can be a very difficult time. Has your child’s behavior been having an impact on their grades? If your child is struggling at school and falling behind their classmates, tTutoring in The Woodlands can help make up for any drops in their grade as a result. Speak with The Tutoring Center of The Woodlands at (281) 602 3839 to book a free consultation.

Try Talking

For some young people, it can be very difficult for them to express their feelings and talk about what is bothering them. The best way to help them develop this skill is by providing them with opportunities to talk in a non-threatening and supportive environment. Make sure to spend time alone with your child. If you have other children, leave them with their other parent, grandparents, or anyone else that can help with childcare, and take the child who is exhibiting the difficult behavior to do something, just the two of you. This will help them to feel special and improve their self-esteem, which is very important for young people. It will also give them the opportunity to talk to you about what has been going on in their life, without having to face the whole family at once. A good way to get your child talking is by using ‘positive questions’. For example, instead of asking ‘what makes you feel unhappy at home?’ , try asking ‘if home could be any way you wanted it to be, what would it be like?’ or if you want to ask about school – ‘if you could make school perfect, what would you change?’. This helps your child to express the things that they are unhappy about, without feeling powerless to change them and without having to focus on the negatives.

Is Your Child Struggling Academically?

One of the most common reasons for misbehavior at school is feeling lost and overwhelmed in class. If your child is finding their classes difficult and feel that they can’t keep up with their peers, they may feel insecure. This can cause them to ‘lash out’ and exhibit behaviors such as talking back to teachers or getting into fights with their classmates. Sometimes it can be easier for a child to pretend that they don’t care about being smart or doing well than to admit that they are struggling.

Improve Failing Grades with Tutoring in the Woodlands

If your child's behavior is a result of struggles with their school work, tutoring in The Woodlands can help with one-to-one instructional classes. Speak with The Tutoring Center of The Woodlands at (281) 602 3839 to learn more about how formal tutoring in The Woodlands can increase your child's grades and their self-esteem.

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